• Apr 1, 2010
2011 Scion tC by Five Axis - Click above for high-res image gallery

Yesterday, Scion revealed their brand spankin' new 2011 tC to the world's automotive press here at the New York Auto Show. We happen to think the car looks just fine, but will admit that for a youth oriented brand such as Scion, a little bit more aggression might have been nice. Meet the Five Axis tuned Scion tC, a car that couldn't get much more aggressive unless it was holding a gun. A really big one. \ If you don't know, Five Axis is mostly known for their show car offerings.

The "Blood Shot Red" paint is slathered over a four-inch wide body kit. The lower grill is just plain nuts. Sadly the doors of this concept were locked, but we could see (but not really photograph) that the interior's stuffed with all sorts of customized good stuff, with lots of what appears to be leather and suede. The suspension is made up of Tein adjustable coil-overs. The brakes are ginormous (especially for a 180-horsepower tC), measuring 14-inches in front and 13-inches in the rear. But the brakes aren't the crazy part.

The crazy part consists of the wheels. Ready? The front wheels are so big they require 245/30/20 rubber. The rear? 295/30/20. That's right, the rear wheels are 10.5-inches wide. Remember this car's a front-wheel driver. Sort of gives new meaning to the phrase, "all show and no go," eh?



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How/why did they make it look like a Hummer? What a tasteless car. They turned the rice factor up to maximum, when it could have looked pretty good if everything were a bit more subtle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is the ft-86 smaller than this?
      i would love a sportier version of this in rwd, but if not i can buy a used 2011 5.0 in 2 years after someones taken the hit on depreciation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is the purpose of super fat rear tires on a 180hp fwd car? It looks better than the regular car for sure but it is just as gutless and with all the extra crap it will be slower because of weight gain. Ricer much?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems par for the course for an overblown show car. That C pillar is still really awkward looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fire some Calty designers and hire some of Five Axis guys.
      Did the Calty shoot themselves on their heads when they see Five Axis tC?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um... wasn't it the Calty place that designed the FT-86? Cause if so... they need to STAY!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I find your comment pretty ironic since the new tC is heavily inspired by the Fuse that Five Axis designed to begin with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        THIS is what the base-model tC should look like haha. Anyway, I like the new tC modded or not. I"m a teen and I would totally make my mom and dad buy it for me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont think CALTY designed the ft-86. Toyota Europe Design Development (ED²) was responsible for the design of the FT-86 Concept which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last October.
        Now I remember rumors that CALTYhas submitted a design to Toyota. imo I hope CALTY will not design this car because they are currently responsible for the design language being used on toyota cars (Sienna, Camry, and i believe Venza)...my guess is that they would just bring all the major styling elements from those cars to the ft-86, and I'll pass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Five Axis are the best re-stylers in the "Import" space. Really good stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kinda like it, especially the wheels.

      I'd feel silly driving it, but it does look kinda cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, I've read thecomments, this is what I have to say. You can pick it a part later, but please do more than say "your stupid" or "you work for Toyota, you have to say that" Yes I do work for a dealership. I don't have to say anything. And I'm entitled to my opinions, as well. now:

      WOW it's pretty sad. Not the car, but the people commenting. Sure people are allowed their opinions, but really...some of the comments sound stupid.
      Ok some people may find the car "ugly," However looks are always conjecture. I like the car.
      People complain about how plain and simple the base model looks. But People forget that the car is supposed to be personalized.
      People talk and complain about price. This car is still going to be less expanssive than any other model out their, in it's class. (Civic, Koupe, Cobalt) This car would never be $25k unless it gets loaded up.
      Performance : 2.5L Duall VVT-i with 190HP and 6sp Manual/Automatic, 18" rims with 16" rotors all around. and Panoramic roof are standard! The only thing that comes close to competing is the Koupe. Because the car was designed to compete with the old tC. But the Scion is still cheaper than the Koupe or Civic, non the less. And you're not forced in to certain features that can only come in certain packages. Or, if you want certain features, but not all of a package, you can still get those features i.e. factory Navigation, whithout having to purchase the most expensive model.
      Back to looks. The style is still it's own. I think the car is hot! People are already asking me when can they place an order. It's still the best value, still going to be the most reliable, and people can hate the looks all they want. The unique looks of Scion is what made these cars popular, in the first place (ok the current tC isn't really unique, but it's still upscale yet sporty looking). People said the cars we ugly before. But compared to what? You don't like the grill, but what about the rest of the car? If it's just the grill, then change it!
      Ricer? People rice their cars, whether foreign OR domestic!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i would like to see this go over a bump and not have the wheels slam into the arches
      • 4 Years Ago
      There, they fixed it! Fender flares and big wide wheels are like cowbell: never enough...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car looks hawt. Like it came right out of a video game or action movie!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like a ricer. No, wait... it is one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks a lot better than the production version. The rear quarter panel could use a redesign but to my eyes it's an improvement.
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