• Jan 5th 2007 at 4:29PM
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Toyota announced today that the Scion tc Release Special 3.0 will be shown at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Scion has rolled out a Release Special tc every year now since 2005 (2005 model, 2006 model), each model representing the brand's own take on what the tuner wants. This year's edition sports a front and rear KenStyle ground effects kit with a "wide-intake" grille. Darkened headlights and clear LED taillights have also been added. Inside, the R.S. 3.0 gets black Alcantara seats with gray perforated seating surfaces and a Blizzard Pearl RAZO shift knob. Finally, a Pioneer audio system with a 35-watt woofer and 160-watt maximum output ensure its young demographic will be satisfied with their turn-key tuner.

Scion will only build 2,500 units of the tc R.S. 3.0 at a price of $2,580 over the base MSRP, which should put it around $19,000. Those interested should have their funds in order by February when the vehicle will go on sale. You'll find Toyota's full press release after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]


tC Release Series 3.0 on Display at The 2007 North American International Auto Show

January 5, 2007 – Torrance, CA - Scion, of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced today that the tC Release Series 3.0 (tC R.S. 3.0) will be on display at the 2007 North American International Auto Show and hit dealer showrooms beginning in mid-February.

The 2007 tC Release Series 3.0 will come in a frosty Blizzard Pearl white and be decked out with a front and rear KenStyle® ground effects kit. Other tC R.S. 3.0 exterior features include darkened headlights, and a custom wide intake-style upper grille with a honeycomb insert that matches the lower grille. This package also has Scion Genuine Accessory clear LED taillights with unique gray trim.

The tC R.S. 3.0 has black Alcantara® seats detailed with a gray perforated center seating surface on a white background. Alcantara® is a suede-like material often found in luxury or performance vehicles and on aftermarket racing seats. A Blizzard Pearl RAZO® weighted shift knob with black leather insert is also standard.

A Pioneer six-inch subwoofer with 35-watt maximum power complements the standard 160-watt maximum output Pioneer audio system and is tuned specifically for the tC. This compact subwoofer is mounted in the under-floor storage area, keeping it out of sight and leaving the cargo floor clear. This unique vehicle is completed by an individually numbered brushed stainless steel badge.

Only 2,500 units of the tC Release Series 3.0 will be built. The tC R.S. 3.0 model will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,580 over the base price. The base MSRP for the tC starts at $16,400 for the manual transmission model and $17,200 for the automatic transmission model.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "If they put a 3.0L in a tC, it'd be more powerful than the IS250 and cost half as much! You think they'd want to cannibalize their sales that badly?"

      Yeah, because prospective IS buyer cross-shops it with a fwd subcompact...

      "Why does BMW have a near monopoly on dropping a V6 into a small sedan? And they're able to charge up the a$$ for it."

      2)There's no such thing as a monopoly in the automotive industry. They just have the best driving car in its class. As such, they sell well even at a high price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12 is totally right. These tuners add very little to the car's bottom line, while costing a fortune. Also, tuning kills resale. But the children are not thinking about this. They are thinking about how to make their cars stand out from the crowd. It's basically a phase, which I think many of us enthusiasts go through when younger. I know I did too. When the brain matures and common sense starts kicking in, we realize we rather have the money spent on better things.
      Lastly, pearl white paint and chrome rims are a luxury car treatment. NOT a sport's car thing. This package is all wrong. So is the name. When I saw 3.0 I immediately thought it was a V6. Scion has done everything right up until this point.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great another car for nerds and geeks LOL
      • 8 Years Ago

      If they put a 3.0L in a tC, it'd be more powerful than the IS250 and cost half as much! You think they'd want to cannibalize their sales that badly?

      Why does BMW have a near monopoly on dropping a V6 into a small sedan? And they're able to charge up the a$$ for it. You'd think one of the other manufacturers would catch on and give some V6 power in a small package for a small price.

      How about a 3.5L Yaris? GM used to have it straight - they had a V6 Cavalier Z24 back in the early '90's! The Civic has certainly grown, why not put a V6 in the Si?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, a few different body pieces, a shift knob, an underwhelming stereo and some new seats.

      For 2600 that's ludicrous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So this is what a cool car looks like?

      I guess I'll take an uncool car then.

      Oh, and pull your pants back up you hooligans!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yumma-dum-dum. Very cool. Not much else to say. It's their job to make cool cars and they're doing it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This should compete well with the Element SC which also doesn’t have the engine its name would leave you to believe. It’s to bad Toyota didn’t stuff a V6 under the hood, that would be killer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another boring ricer for poor baby boomers and rice racers with bad credit.

      Gonna put a gigantic woofer in it?

      Git er dooooone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #24...no they're not...the Si, at least has an engine to back up it's looks. And speaking of looks...the Civic has them ALL OVER the Scion. But performance wise...neither can hold a candle to the Dodge SRT-4
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only RS I am interested in is an Audi.
      I guess the RS in this one stands for Ricer Special.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wasn't there rumors of the Yarus getting +250 hp of six-cylinder craziness? Why not this one?
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