• Feb 11th 2009 at 3:58PM
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Click above to view live shots of the Scion tC Release Series 5.0

As we told you last week, Scion is taking advantage of this year's Chicago Auto Show to drop yet another tweaked Scion tC, just like they did last year. This year's example is the 2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0, of which 2000 examples or fewer will be built.

One thing that makes this Release Series more interesting than some of its predecessors is the fact that Scion's modifications go beyond new paint and wheels. Besides the gloss black paint and red-lined, matte black, 18-inch wheels, parent company Toyota has added virtually everything in their TRD parts catalog. RS 5.0 gets lowering springs, a rear sway bar, a sport muffler and special badging, and there's also an optional rear lip spoiler.

The interior features the same blacked-out TRD theme, with a leather-covered steering wheel, black seats and TRD-badged floor mats. To keep it from being too dark and depressing, the seats feature red inserts and stitching. Best of all, this TRD-infused package will add just $2,300 to the base price of the standard tC. Expect to see the new tC arriving in dealers beginning in March. The full press release is after the jump and we've added a bunch of live shots to the gallery as well.

Live photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, inc.



Scion recently announced that the only limited-production tC for 2009, the tC Release Series
5.0 (tC RS 5.0), will have a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) theme and be available at dealer
showrooms in March.

The 2009 tC RS 5.0 features gloss black exterior paint and numerous performance products
from TRD. TRD edition 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, in matte black with red trim, and red TRD
lowering springs provide this tC with its menacing presence. For additional stability when cornering,
the tC is fitted with a red TRD rear sway bar. A TRD sport muffler gives the tC RS 5.0 an aggressive
sound signature, while a TRD exterior badge marks the car. A black rear lip spoiler will also be

The TRD theme is continued inside with a black leather steering wheel featuring red
stitching, black seats with red accents and floor mats with the TRD logo. The tC RS 5.0 is also
equipped with a cargo mat. Individually numbered badging completes the uniqueness of this vehicle.
Only 2,000 units of the tC Release Series 5.0 will be built. The tC RS 5.0 model will carry a
manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,300 over the base price of the tC. The base
MSRP for the standard tC with a manual transmission is $17,000, while the standard tC with an
automatic transmission model carries a MSRP of $17,800. The available black spoiler has a MSRP
of $285, not including installation.

The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $670 and is not
included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States
Toyota (GST) may vary.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone please call the doctor! My taillights have herpes!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would take one all blacked out!! Looks Mean!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You AB guys paid per article? There's no new info here compared to the article posted the other day. Just because Toyota issues another press release shouldn't mean that AB needs another post on the same topic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait, cross drilled rotors and TRD brakes are not on the list, yet they are in the picture? Also, they really should have kept the first generation headlights and tail lights. This car has potential but looks like ricey crap because of the lights, especially in the back.

      http://www.f2bbs.com - Anonymous Forum, No Rules.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The TRD brakes are a part of the optional Big Brake Kit
        • 6 Years Ago
        The new headlights are OK... mostly b/c nearly every tC owner was screaming for a good set of projectors to drop some "HIDs" in and these do the job well. Projectors straight out of the Camry.

        The tails... ya, BARF.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The red trim rims are straight off one of my old school Hot Wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Ricetacular.

      I for one will not be sad to see this FWD Camry "sports car" discontinued. This is poserdom exemplified.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Word. Doesn't drive much better than the xD anyways...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "sport muffler"

      aka Fart Can
      • 6 Years Ago
      I own a tC, and my friend owns a MazdaSpeed 3... and I found that... girls are more interested in the tC than the Speed 3. Maybe its a chick's car, but the tC can get an interesting conversation going with the panoramic roof, and reclining rear seats. I think these are pretty good features for a cheap car. Meanwhile, my friend is desperately trying give a wikipedia explanation of a turbo. It's like the Cool Wall from Top Gear: A fast car doesn't mean it is a cool car.

      Of course, he gets all props from the guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      YAWN. i don't care! does anybody car? this car is ancient and is begging for its replacement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Toyota has added virtually everything in their TRD parts catalog"

      I don't know if I'd go that far... I mean, there are coilovers, struts, strut tower brace, oil cap, radiator cap, performance brake pads, bbk, limited slip, supercharger...

      You get the idea. Maybe "Toyota has added a sprinkling of their TRD parts catalog..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        So where is the RWD option like in the Formula D Drift RSR Scion? I want that option on my Scion tC.
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