• Jan 11, 2008
click above for more high-res images of the 2008 Scion xB R.S. 5.0

Scion does this all the time – unveils a special Release Series version of a model and affixes an X.0 appendage to the name like it's a firmware update. Very hip, edgy stuff. The newest one and first special edition Scion model for 2008 is the xB R.S. 5.0. This edition's main selling point is its Gold Rush Mica paint job since it's the same color that appeared on the xB show car unveiled at last year's Chicago Auto Show. It also features a body kit by KenStyle that's tasteful enough, but the tuner vibe is totally killed by the set of exclusive Release Series wheel covers that the vehicle is wearing. This thing needs solid alloys if it wants to be taken seriously. The R.S. 5.0 is the first of the new xB models with a moonroof, however. Not much has changed with the interior except for a splash of the same Gold Rush Mica on some trim pieces and the seats.

One thing that the Scion xB R.S. 5.0 will be is exclusive, since only 2,500 will be made and priced from $15,650 for the manual and $16,600 for the automatic. The only option appears to be a rear spoiler dipped in, what else? Gold Rush Mica paint. That adds another $320 to the bottom line. The xB R.S. 5.0 will go on sale in February at your nearest Scion dealer. No need to rush, we doubt there'll be a line unless a TRD supercharger suddenly becomes an option.

[Source: Scion]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      the series 5.0 means it comes with a 302 V8, right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Daihatsu (Scion XB) by any other name is still a Daihatsu. All this labeling of cars and outsourcing design and manufacturing will diminish the value of the major automotive brands which have been so carefully cultivated. Magna Corp. DESIGNING and building the BMW X3 is an example of this disturbing trend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      how come they stop making the scion xb 5.0 series love the color and the car awesome it so comes to be my husband and i were at toyota to look at a xb and saw this one found out they no longer make the 5.o series =( then they also showed us a book and saw mike vu xb truck loved that even more my husbands in a car club u know how they love to spruce up there cars when we both saw ur truck we loved it and was disappointed it can only be purchased in japan how come we loved it the colored and the truck it self was awesome wish we new someone in japan to purchase that xb truck with that paint job because we sure do love it and its depressing to know its advertised yes!!!but we cant purchase (just not right)
      • 7 Years Ago
      the new xb looks like a milk truck/van to me
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota, I mean Scion, really screwed the pooch on the new xB and the 5.0 release is no better. Bigger, heavier, and lower gas mileage. That's progress. I am very happy with my Gen I xB and will own it till it pukes. It is not the fastest car and certainly not the best looking, but I love 30 mpg and all the head room a 6'2" guy could want. Maybe Nissan will bring the Cube over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The pricing posted above is completely inaccurate. Why would they even bother putting different hub caps on it? Moon roof is the only plus to this release series. Great car for the price. You all should drive one. You would be surprised how refined the ride is for a 16k car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "One thing that the Scion xB R.S. 5.0 will be is exclusive"

      WOW, an exclusive on a cheap car!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Boy, I'm glad they decided to give buyers the option to make this thing even gaudier. Gold paint! What'll they think of next? A Swarovski-encrusted xB? I hear those little buggers are hip right now, it's a perfect match!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      BIGGER!
      HEAVIER!
      THIRSTIER!
      and COSTLIER!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "All the girlies say I'm pretty fly... for a white guy."

      That's all I can think of when I see this car. It needs one of those big booming coffee can sized exhausts as standard equipment.

      If they made it a sedan delivery and somehow made it really inexpensive and efficient (hybrid synergy drive anyone?) I might think about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is priced less than the regular model?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Moonroof is the major upgrade.
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