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 ANNOUNCES tC RELEASE SERIES 5.0
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.