Scion let loose with details about its eighth Release Series vehicle today. The 2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0 will start at $21,815 plus $730 for destination charges for the six-speed manual version, with the auto tranny costing an extra $1,050.

That $3,240 premium over the base 2013 tC gets you one of just 2,000 RS 8.0 vehicles, sprayed in Absolutely Red. Special equipment includes gloss black side mirrors, black alloy wheels and a full body kit including spoiler, developed with Five Axis Design. Lowering springs and a center-outlet exhaust system from Toyota Racing Development give the car some much-needed mechanical upgrades, while automatic-equipped models also get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Inside the car, red contrasting stitching on the seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel and an individual number badge will show your passengers that you're the utmost Scion connoisseur. Well, except perhaps for those who bought the tC Release Series 7.0, or the Release Series 6.0, or the 5.0, or 4.0...

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Scion Announces Pricing For 2013 tC Release Series 8.0

TORRANCE, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scion announced pricing today for its 2013 tC Release Series 8.0 (tC RS 8.0). Only 2,000 of the specially equipped sports coupes will be made and they will be available at dealer showrooms later this month. The tC RS 8.0 will be on display in the Scion pit area at the next round of Formula DRIFT in Monroe, Washington on July 22-23.

The 2013 tC RS 8.0 commands attention as it comes exclusively in Absolutely Red exterior paint with contrasting gloss black side view mirrors and matching black 18-inch alloy wheels. The tC's aggressive exterior is further stylized with a unique five-piece body kit that was inspired by Troy Sumitomo of Five Axis that includes front and rear lower valences, side skirts and a rear spoiler.

To give the car even more attitude, the tC RS 8.0 comes with a couple of performance parts from Toyota Racing Development (TRD), including lowering springs and an exhaust system that is integrated into the center of the rear lower valence.

The interior of the tC features sporty seats that are wrapped in texturized black fabric with red stitching. The red stitching continues on the leather wrapped steering wheel. Each car comes with an individually numbered badge commemorating the unique model. When equipped with a six-speed automatic, the tC RS 8.0 features race-inspired steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for both sporty and convenient shifts.

The limited edition model will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $21,815 and $22,865 when equipped with a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission respectively. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $730. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.


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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some people just want a no frills small coupe. Nothing wrong with that.
      SunnyDli+3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Say what you will. I have an 07' Tc. It's not a bad little car, considering I have a little boost added at the tune of 9 PSI via Ptuning's kit. For a Daily driven car, it's completely fine and reliable. My weekend baby however is my "M5" and yes they are worlds apart, however both serve a function and both are absolutely amazing to drive. One just needs to appreciate their vehicle to recognize the potential and limits of that vehicle.
      shle896
      • 2 Years Ago
      That has to be one of the ugliest cars I've seen in years.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      At that price, just spend a bit more and get a FR-S. You'll have a lot more fun.
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is pretty laughable when you know that there are going to be "those guys" that buy this car and automatically count themselves as owning a "sports car", driving down the road 30 mph over the speed limit, with the stupid left arm hanging out of their driver window (is this some sort of trend now? ), with the right hand at the top of the wheel, seat laid back, with sunglasses on, listening to some dubstep reggaeton garbage. But I guess there has to be a halo car for these type of people. Leave the Big Boy cars (5.0, SS, M3, ISF, etc) to the big boys. PS: From the people that I've seen and talked to who have recently purchased a Scion FR-S, they have absolutely NO CLUE of what the car is about, where is was developed, WHY it was developed...they just bought it cause they thought it was "sick". Then they go onto complain that "it's not fast enough". Target audience MISSED.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        You forgot: - wearing a baseball cap backwards - man jewelry around the neck in the form of gold chains or surfer dude anal beads - supreme punk ass expression on the face - sports jersey with some meaningless number on the back - CD or CDs hanging from the rear-view mirror - neon running lights and racing stripes - gigantic fart-can exhaust hanging at odd angles out the back because it wouldn't fit any other way
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Going to be hard to sell that with the new rear wheel drive hatchback just a few grand more.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope Toyota keeps injecting pointless dollars into this joke of a brand, it gives me a good chuckle every now and again.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. FR-S is better.
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone who buys the Tc, while an FR-S is on the lot, needs to banned from automotive forums and clubs for life.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Hey, some people want a FWD coupe that looks sporty and is moderately quick, without having to deal with the required driving control skills and lower practicality of an actual sports car. Besides, they are still a few grand cheaper, though this RS rice edition is getting way too close to FRS pricing.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          The tC isn't moderately quick, nor does it handle moderately well.
          tylermars.design
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          "some people want a FWD coupe" no, no they don't.
          ChrisDPrice
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          ...walk into the dealership -- "I just MUST get my hands on a front-wheel-drive coupe"...
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never really liked this car even as a fwd wannabe. I thought that Hyundai coupe was better looking.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is the pinnacle of factory rice. $3240 and all you get is useless frippery and a unique serial number, so people know that you are idiot number #### / 2000. I'm surprised this POS isn't completely slammed to the ground so that the wheels are inside the arches, that there aren't illuminated sill plates, side exhaust ports to vent all that fury from the pure awesomeness that is the 2.5L engine, and racing seat belts to let everyone know to hang on when you let 'er rip.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        I should collect the tears of these Scion fanboys and distill them into a fine liquor.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      A $3200k markup and no bump in power? Sounds like a copy from BMW's playbook.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        Power? Sorry, this is Toyota we're talking about. The definition for that word was wiped out of their dictionary back in the 90s.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          The LFA and ISF seem to deliver enough wattage...
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