• Feb 1, 2008


Toyota won't be having much in the way of new models at next week's Chicago Auto Show, but its hip urban sibling will be showing off a new version of the tC. The Scion tC Release Series 4.0 RS (whew) ups the style quotient of the base model with a DAMD body kit, new upper grille and rear spoiler, all coated in Galactic Gray Mica. The interior benefits from a leather-wrapped steering wheel, black leather and dark wood RAZO shift knob and gray and black seats swathed in Alcantara with "tC RS 4.0" embroidered into the front and rear seats.

All that extra kit comes at a $2,700 premium (an extra $285 if you want the spoiler too), with the automatic model coming it at $20,500 and the manual-equipped version for $800 less. Both prices don't include the $620 destination charge. Only 2,300 examples will be available when sales begin this March.

Toyota's press release is available after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE

Scion Announces Pricing for tC Release Series 4.0 - to be Displayed at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Scion, of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced today that the second limited-production Scion for 2008, the tC Release Series 4.0 (tC RS 4.0), will be available at dealer showrooms beginning in March. A tC RS 4.0 will be on display in the Scion booth at the Chicago Auto Show.

The 2008 tC RS 4.0 will feature Galactic Gray Mica exterior paint and will come with VIP-themed enhancements. A DAMD body kit and upper grille will make this tC standout. A color-keyed rear spoiler will also be available. Inside, the tC RS 4.0 will have gray and black Alcantara(R) seats, "tC RS 4.0" embroidered on the front and rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a black leather and dark wood RAZO shift knob. Like all Release Series vehicles, an individually numbered badge will complete the uniqueness of this vehicle.

Only 2,300 units of the tC RS 4.0 will be built. The tC Release Series 4.0 model will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,770 over the base price of the tC. The manual transmission tC has a base MSRP of $17,000, while the MSRP for the automatic transmission model is $17,800. The available color-keyed spoiler has an MSRP of $285, not including installation.

The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $620 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fees for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      ok 2,700 bucks for make-up and pretty cloths is one thing, but its still a slow lumpy looking car..... wasnt there some type of performace edition onthe way?? hello that TRD thing ?
      engine upgrades...?
      i do like tc somewhat maybe just tired of seeing 100 a week, but it is a good deal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They only make 2300 of these for a reason. As others have said, the tC is a decent enough car at its base price but no sane person is paying 20k for one.
      Larry
      • 6 Years Ago
      Menice, ditto on the Tiburon! Looks great, and been one of my best cars ever... and I don't see one on every corner. Fast enough for the price, and I had it PAID FOR in a year and a half!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a bit pricey for what it is. How much do last years Mazdaspeed 3s go for?
      • 6 Years Ago
      um, it is based on chasis of Avensis from 2003....

      and Mazda3 with leather costs 23k.

      For people into those things, getting body kit, alcantra interior, leather steering/shifter would cost you a lot more than 2.7k...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I (unfortunately) own a 2007 tc, I hate it, and made a huge mistake in buying it.
      There is less than 0 chance (if that's possible) that I would pay even more than I paid for mine, for some stupid looking bodykit, and pointless interior upgrades. They need to address important things like the fact that it has the worst clutch I've ever used, horrible handling, and lack of power. Needs a 6 speed too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The magazine, Sport Compact Car, has a tc as a project car. At one point they gave up on making any further upgrades, performance AND handling, because they were making a mediocre car WORSE. Their car has the supercharger and a few brake and suspension upgrades, but they could never get it to go, turn, or stop in a manner even approaching...say a Honda Civic with similar upgrades.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Might want to clarify the pricing in the post, since the $17,800 for the auto is NOT for the RS 4 pricing, that's just the base tC auto MSRP.

      The RS 4 MSRPs will be $19,770 and $20,570 for manual and auto, respectively. At least, if my math is right.

      Over $20k for a tC without a supercharger or turbo? No thanks... I'll stick with my 05 tC for now and hope for a tC replacement at the NYIAS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The tC is getting long in the tooth. Afterall, it's a recycled Toyota Avensis from the late 1990's. Time for Toyota to come out with a car for the 21st century.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Biff:

      Considering that this RS is only 1 of those things you mentioned, I now consider you a troll.

      Now if Scion releases a bigger, heavier, and less efficient tC replacement in March in NY, I will (only then) not consider your comment retarded (with regards to the tC).
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would be cool if the next Scion tC will bring Toyota back to a cheap, RWD coupe, akin to the 80's Trueno/Corolla. Under $20K, RWD, ~200hp, lighterweight... this is marketed toward the younger enthusiast after all. Plus with the rumored Nissan 240sx(?) revival, it should be interesting!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Menice,

      If you don't want to see 100 a week, stop by my area some time. I maybe see 2 or 3 others a week. If it's a busy week. And I'm not even in the middle of nowhere - not a big city or anything though.

      And there is a TRD supercharger available... but they never seem to include it as part of the RS package. Which is dumb. The most they've done for performance (that i can recall) is include a front strut bar on the RS1. Which of course does next to nothing (at least for the tC - I know on some cars it does quite a bit).
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