Scion to Display Last tC Release Series at New York Auto Show
Scion might be getting ready to close its doors, but Toyota’s little sibling isn’t going away without a fight. Despite its end date of August drawing ever closer, Scion is planning on having its very own display at the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), which has press days starting next Wednesday.
The main focus of Scion’s display will be the final tC Release Series. Painted in bright Barcelona Red, the tC Release Series 10.0 is fitted with a Kei Miura-designed aero kit, including a front lip spoiler, rocker panels, deck spoiler, and rear lower spoiler. The coupe’s blacked-out wheels and badges complement its bright body color, while TRD performance lowering springs and a TRD performance exhaust enhance handling and sound.
The black-and-red theme in carried over to the inside of the 2016 tC Release Series. Sport-tuned seat inserts are garnished with red stitching, which is also found on the shift boot, parking brake cover, and steering wheel. Finishing touches include red seat belts, Release Series floor mats, and a Release Series sequentially numbered badge.
Scion will make a total of 1,200 of these special-edition coupes. Prices will start at $23,190 for coupes equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission, and $24,340 for those equipped with the optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The 2016 tC Release Series coupe will be available at Scion dealers between now and June.
In addition to the 2016 tC Release Series, Scion will display a number of concept vehicles from its 13 years in business. These vehicles include a 2002 BBx Concept, 2004 FiveAxis speedster xA, 2009 Kogi BBQ Truck xD, 2009 iQ Concept, 2011 FR-S Concept, and 2014 Slayer tC.
Scion VP Andrew Gilleland expressed his excitement about Scion’s NYIAS display. “For those enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever,” he said. “With the TRD performance parts, the JDM Aero Kit and the screaming red and black color scheme, it’s a fitting tribute to Scion’s mission to build cars for younger customers.”
“We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota,” Gilleland continued. “But it’s the right thing to do, and we know the spirit of Scion will live on, so we are going out in style.”
- Cat HilesManaging Editor
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