2017 Scion TC Release Series 10.0 Bids Farewell to Brand

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2017 Scion tC Release Series 10.0 will be one of the last cars the brand ever rolls out.

Toyota is killing off its Scion brand, and the Japanese automaker will start bidding it farewell at the 2016 New York Auto Show. It’s only fitting, considering the Scion brand debuted its first concept vehicles 14 years ago at the New York Auto Show, so in a way, it’s a bit poetic that it will end where it all began.

As Scion’s most popular car, the tC receives its final Release Series model, developed in partnership with Kei Miura, the creator of Rocket Bunny. Finished in Barcelona Red, the coupe features an aero kit designed by Miura featuring a front lip spoiler, rocker panels, rear lower spoiler and a deck spoiler. Sorry, Rocket Bunny fans, this tC isn’t coming from the factory with a widebody. Helping contrast the red paint will be blacked-out Scion badges and gloss-black alloy wheels.

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Helping improve handling and reducing the center of gravity, TRD has outfitted the 2017 Scion tC Release Series 10.0 with performance lowering springs. The tC also has a throatier sound, thanks to a TRD performance dual exhaust.

Inside, Scion carried the black and red theme with sport-tuned seat inserts with red accent stitching. You will find the same stitching on the shift boot, parking brake cover and steering wheel. There are exclusive Release Series carpeted floor and cargo mats, as well as red seat belts and a Release Series sequentially numbered badge to complete the package.

Available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2017 Scion tC Release Series 10.0 will start from $23,985 including destination for the manual-equipped model. Opting for an automatic will cost $1,150 additional. The model will be limited to 1,200 units and will be available beginning in June through Scion by Toyota dealerships.

“For those enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever,” says Scion vice president Andrew Gilleland. “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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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