With all the hype over the long-awaited Scion FR-S, it’s easy to forget that Scion builds other models, too. In fact, one of its staple products has long been the tC coupe
, which blends comfort with reasonable performance at an affordable price point.
Topping the Scion tC range has always been a model it calls the “Release Series
.” As the name implies, production is limited, and the car comes wearing unique paint, a body kit and special wheels. For 2012, Scion built 2,200 copies of the Release Series 7.0, sprayed in a color called High Voltage Yellow.
For 2013, Scion is launching the predictably-named Release Series 8.0, this time sprayed in Absolutely Red with black wheels and black side view mirrors. Making the Release Series 8.0 stand out from the crowd is a Troy Sumitomo / Five Axis inspired body kit that includes new front and rear fascias, side skirts and a rear spoiler.
This year, the tC Release Series model gets performance parts from TRD, too, including lowering springs and and a TRD exhaust that exits through the center of the rear bumper.
Inside, seats are covered in a black, textured fabric trimmed with red stitching. The leather-wrapped steering wheel gets red stitching, too, and each of the 2,000 Release Series 8.0 tCs comes with a number plaque commemorating the build.
If you want a Release Series 8.0 with a six-speed manual transmission, pricing starts at $22,545, including a destination charge of $730. Opt for the paddle-shifted six-speed automatic, and the price of admission begins at $23,595, also including destination charge.
As with all Scion tC models
, the list of available dealer-installed accessory and performance items is extensive, which means that even limited-edition models can be further customized before you take delivery.