The Japanese brand is looking towards retirement after only existing for 13 short years, sales online but being on the brink of extinction seems to have no influence on the release plans.
The company will introduce the tC Release Series 10.0 during the New York Auto Show – and the model may serve as a collectible in the decades to come because the brand will finish production at the end of the year for all of its models. As such, the tC Release Series 10.0 appears to be the automaker’s final standoff, with the limited edition model bringing a Barcelona Red paint with a Kei Miura body kit that packs a front lip spoiler, extended side skirts, and a trunk-mounted spoiler. We also noticed the TRD lowering springs, a TRD dual exhaust system, black Scion badges, and gloss black alloy wheels. The interior comes largely unmodified with designers opting for black cloth sport seats with red contrast stitching. The owners will also have red seat belts, special floor mats, and an individually numbered plaque.
Just as in the regular model, the powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a standard six speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic. Manufacturing will be capped after 1,200 units and first deliveries are scheduled for June. The model’s pricing starts from $23,190 excluding a $795 delivery, processing and handling fee. “We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota, 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,” commented Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland.