Having made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February, the 2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0 is now available to the public. The special tC features aftermarket products from Toyota Racing Development (TRD), items many Scion buyers choose to spiff up the looks and hop up the performance of their cars.
Special editions have been part of the Scion scene since the brandís inception. For its fifth tC special, Scion is using a TRD performance theme with numerous performance products from TRD and a special gloss black exterior paint to give the model some attitude.
TEach tC in the Release Series 5.0 special edition will be individually numbered and displayed with unique emblems. Only 2,000 units of the tC Release Series 5.0 will be built.
The package will cost an additional $2,300 over the base tCís MSRP of $17,000 with a manual transmission and $17,800 with an automatic. You can also add the TRD supercharger that was developed specifically for the tC to your 5.0. The supercharger boosts power to 200 hp.
The tC Release Series 5.0 builds on a very cool coupe that has much to like and few compromises. Critics rave about the base production tC noting its unusually generous standard equipment, strong engine, excellent handling and nicely styled (hidden) hatch that makes for easy hauling. Even without the TRD add-ons, the tC has style with its swoopy curves and standard dual-pane panorama moonroof. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, too. The standard Pioneer stereo is great sounding by itself, but Scion is happy to upgrade the system for you just as it offers a choice of wheels, body kits, audio/visual options and interior accents that can tailor the car to your tastes.
Standard power for the Scion tC comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 161 hp and 162 lb/ft of torque. Unlike rivals that need high revs to perform, the tC has strong low to mid-range power. The standard engine offers impressive performance with zero-to-60 mph taking around 8.5 seconds. The TRD supercharger is dealer-installed and boosts power to 200 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque. With the blower, zero-to-60 mph happens in just over seven seconds. Transmission choices include the standard five-speed manual and an optional four-speed automatic. The manual transmission is a good one with a precise shifting action and a smooth, easily modulated clutch. The EPA says to expect 21 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway with the automatic.
Inside the tC, the cabin matches the exterior styling for contemporary pizzazz. The materials are upscale and fit/finish is excellent. The front sport seats are comfortable, and the rear seats are unusually roomy, recline for extra comfort and have split/fold convenience for flexibility.
The tC is so well equipped that there are no factory options. Its standard features include the dual-pane moonroof, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories with one-touch up/down windows and a Pioneer CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and dedicated iPod interface.
Standard safety features for the 2009 Scion tC include antilock disc brakes, a first aid kit, a driverís knee airbag, front side airbags and full-length head-curtain airbags. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the tC earned a perfect five stars for driver protection and four stars for front passenger protection in front crash tests.
The 2009 Scion tC is an agile handler with 17-inch tires providing lots of grip. The brakes are strong and fade-free. Ride quality is firm, but you don't be jarred by bumpy roads.
With the 2009 tC Release Series 5.0 special edition, Scion offers you a choice. Go with the factory custom and drive a true limited edition, or make your own tC Limited with selections from Scionís extensive custom equipment and accessory catalogue. To make your choice, youíll have to try out the tC Release Series 5.0, something weíd be glad to make happen. Give us a call soon.