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2011 Scion tC – Click above for high-res image gallery

This is interesting. The JDM-obsessed crew over at 7Tune seem to believe that Toyota is planning a more sports-oriented version of the 2011 Scion tC. At first blush, the car reads like little more than a best-of list of parts from the TRD catalog. The word comes courtesy of none other than Toyota's Chief Engineer, Masayuki Nagai, who says that the car will boast all-new bodywork, a revamped suspension and a free-flowing exhaust for a little more pep. Supposedly the whole package will hit the wallet at a little more than $18,000. If that's true, the new package could be a performance steal.

Unfortunately, this rumored sharper tC isn't slated to hit showrooms until the 2012 model year, which means that buyers will be only have its more prosaic iteration to pick over for a full year before its meaner brother comes along.

Of course, we have to wonder exactly how many people are buying the tC because they want to scoot around a track faster than the competition – not too many, we'd fathom. But with Toyota apparently keen to gain a stronger male demographic for the tC, this is probably as good a place as any to start.

Photos by Jeremy Korzeniewski / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: 7Tune]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      well i have a 07 tc and it is super charged and it has suprized me with the space performance iv eaten a couple of mustang gts for lunch and a new cam so i can say mine is rather quick for what it is
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, what a design mish-mash. I don't get the goofy roofline, with the squared-off door glass frames, the rear styling from the first-gen Infiniti M, and the dash out of a late '60s Datsun 510.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NICE TRD
      • 4 Years Ago
      The real question is, why haven't they ever given this car the Celica's 190hp 1.8L?

      Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Toyota only makes boring vehicles(now) to impress the likes of school librarians and Consumer Reports staff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Besides, that engine doesnt have enough torque to lug this heavy POS around LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be honest almost all the cars that used that motor were crazy slow (except of course when Lotus used it but even then it's really only fast with boost). I mean it's a fantastic design for a motor but the lousy torque was a killer. The old Matrix XRS ran about a 9 second 0-60 with that motor and it was supposed to be the sports version of the car, and even the lighter Celica GT-S wasn't exactly quick.
        The Camry derived block that now sits in all these cars is a pretty solid motor and the tC version gets a bunch of extra forged internals because they know you're gonna do something stupid, lol. Plus, there's a supercharger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My question, is why doesn't this car have a 200hp valvematic 2.7 I4 as standard equipment?
        • 4 Years Ago
        With the 'tune-ability' of Valvematic; you could get 200hp from the 2ar-fe [2.5 90mm bore x 98mm stroke] engine via having the intake valve lift going from 1-11 mm of lift, equivalently you can get the same 200hp from the 1ar-fe [2.7 105mm stroke] going from 0.5-10.5mm of lift.

        There is a bigger fuel economy gain from having a lower intake valve lift, and it would be easier to market 'big engine STANDARD!'
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those who say the car "NEEDS" RWD?

      OK. That's a fun and mostly untapped market. It's a slippery slope, though, because the Genesis turbo-4 starts around 22k and is a serious benchmark.

      For those who say Supercharger?

      Toyota offered, albeit 1 to 1 1/2 years after the initial release of the TC, a supercharger kit at $4000, for the TC. It raised BHP to 210. The trouble with the kit was that it couldn't be optioned at time of purchase. There would be MANY more Supercharged TC's if it was a factory option.

      For those who say failboat, "not my type of car," blah blah.

      LISTEN. There are TONS of TC's on the road. At my office alone, there are at least 7 of them. No other car on teh lot has the same presence. While I don't care for it, for reasons as mentioned above, MANY MANY PEOPLE HAVE BOUGHT THESE CARS.

      Toyota doesn't have to reinvent the wheel, they just have to put a spit shine on it. A high revving 4 pot with VVT-i MIGHT garner the interest of a few performance minded fans.

      Maybe for the price Toyota would command, they couldn't make a stylish or fast enough car to compete with a GTI, Mazdaspeed 3, Genesis, or even bit their own hands.

      ( FT86, yes, I know, if it ever materializes ).

      Truth is, Toyota doesn't have to do much for an already succesful car to continue its success. Simple bolt-ons should help it achieve 200 BHP. That will turn heads and sell cars.

      Unfortunately, our tastes as car enthusiasts decreases our already slim options for "fun and cheap cars." Toyota can't please everybody, and won't.

      Suck it up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else feel the second gens styling is a massive step in the wrong direction? To me it looks like it should be even older then the first generation, less sleek, more blocky, just all around uglier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A body kit, tighter suspension, and better exhaust are nice and all but won't do the tC any favors with performance-focused buyers. It has too much competition for anyone interested in performance: Mazdaspeed3, GTI, Civic SI, Mustang V6, Genesis Coupe, Mini Cooper S, etc. . .

      What this amounts to is a pre-riced tC.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The tC will start at $18,275 + $720 destination. I'm betting that the TRD package will cost at least $1000, probably $2000. You're getting very close to some of the cars that I listed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Day late a dollar short I think is the saying?
      While the old tC looked alright this newer one looks like well neutered? The go-fast goodies that TRD will install might create a small spike in sales but I doubt it will be a hot seller. But in the long term I'm happy they are trying something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife has a current gen tC. Its definitely not a sports car, but its about as sporty as you can get from a toyota dealership. It handles nicely and accelerates well enough for what it is. Its no BMW, but that doesn't mean it not fun to drive. Its been rock solid reliable for its first 80k miles, and has consistently returned 26-29mpg on regular. Can't say the same for my brother in laws 2003 eclipse. It may not be a sucessor to the celica, but for what it is, its really not a bad car in any way.

      That being said, its not a car I would buy for myself, but I bet there are more people who want a reliable, competent, sporty-looking car than there are who want a truly sport oriented car. It is just not a car for the enthusiast market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      needs RWD or all for naught.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its still ugly...but if they can include the factory supercharger in the deal, i'd be up for one :P
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