Engine: 2.4 L Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT-i, compression ratio of 9.6:1 for the 2005/06 models and 9.8:1 for 2007-2010.
Displacement: 2362 cc
Power: 161hp (120kW) @ 6,000 rpm (2007MY+) / 160hp (119kW) @ 6000 rpm (2005-06MY)
Torque: 163ftlbf (120 Nm)@ 4,000 rpm (all MYs)
180hp / 185ftlbf with TRD Supercharger
Transmission: Standard 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
Curb weight: 2,970lb (1,347kg) (automatic); 2,905lb (1,318kg) (manual)
Fuel tank: 14.5USgal (55L; 12imp gal)
EPA ratings for manual transmission: 20mpg city / 27mpg hwy (2007MY+); 19mpg city / 27mpg hwy (2005/06)
EPA ratings for automatic transmission: 21mpg city / 29mpg hwy (2007MY+); 20mpg city / 27mpg hwy (2005/06)
1/4 mile 15.7 @89.9mph
(Note that the revised EPA ratings in 2007 dropped mpg ratings for almost every model significantly. Most owners find that they average 23-25mpg in average city driving and 30-34mpg in highway driving. See http://www.fuelly.com/car/scion/tc for more owner mileage logs.
NHTSA crash test ratings (2006)
Frontal Crash Test - Driver:
Frontal Crash Test - Passenger:
Side Impact Rating -
Side Impact Rating - Rear:
The IIHS gave the Scion tC an 'Acceptable' overall score in both the frontal offset and side impact crash tests.
All Scion tCs come standard with 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes. For 2008 models, front seat-mounted side torso airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, and a driver's knee airbag became standard. Vehicle Stability Control is not offered.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Similar to many other models of Toyota/Lexus/Scion, there are many upgrades available through the in house tuning shop Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Currently TRD produces performance parts such as lowering springs and racing struts, full coilover suspension systems, performance brake kits, rear sway bars, front strut tower bars, torque differentials, sports clutches, axle back exhausts and cold air intakes for the Scion tC. Other accessories such as TRD branded valve covers and oil caps are also offered.
TRD also offers a supercharger which is a rebadged Vortech supercharger that is capable of putting out 20psi (1.4bar), although when installed by a dealership and under warranty it is set at 7psi (0.5bar). Starting in 2008, Scion began making the supercharger with tamper-proof pulleys. As of mid-2009, TRD has discontinued production of superchargers for the Scion tC.
Release Series line
2005 Scion tC RS 1.0
Beginning in late spring 2004, Scion launched the Release Series (RS) line, limited quantities of their current vehicles pre-packaged with individual numbered badging, exclusive accessories, and other special features. Limited edition vehicles from a marketing standpoint were used to create a buzz for the brandname, with their exterior colors tending to be loud or bright hues (i.e. orange, yellow, red, blue, green). Because of the growing popularity of the Scion product line and the scarce production runs (most dealers only get 2-3 of each RS model), these limited edition vehicles quickly sell out. Preordering is available at each dealership on a first-come, first-served basis. To the customer's benefit, Scion's 'Pure Price' MSRP bounds dealerships against market-demand vehicle mark-up. Naturally, resale values of Release Series vehicles command a premium because of their packaged options and scarcity.
tC RS 1.0 only available in Absolutely Red with 2500 units produced
tC RS 2.0 only available in Blue Blitz Mica with 2600 units produced
tC RS 3.0 only available in Blizzard Pearl with 2500 units produced
tC RS 4.0 only available in Galactic Gray Mica with 2300 units produced
tC RS 5.0 only available in Gloss Black with 2000 units produced
tC RS 6.0 only available in Speedway Blue with 1100 units produced
In terms of sales, the Scion tC is Scion's most popular model.
US Calendar Year
In early 2006, a recall was issued for some 2005 and 2006 tCs due to the possibility of the glass wind deflector being shattered by road debris. In late 2006, a recall was issued for 29,542 2005 and 2006 tCs due to the possibility of the side airbags deploying as a result of slamming the door forcefully.
Scion Sponsored Racing
With the demise of the Toyota Celica, the Scion tC is now used for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race held during the Long Beach Grand Prix, beginning in 2006.
There are several drag racing. Kenny Tran Jotech Motorsports, Leslie Armendariz Horizon Motorsports, Christian Rado World Racing, and Gary White (formerly Brad Personett)Titan Motorsports. Kenny Tran has been competing in the NHRA Sport Compact drag racing series, hotrod class where he garnered the 2007 championship. Kenny cut his fastest run with 7.91 ET @ 184mph (296km/h) during a NHRA race at Pomona Raceway. In 2007 and 2008, the Jotech Motorsports team won back-to-back Pro Import Class titles of the Battle Of The Imports drag series. Leslie Armendariz's All-Motor Scion tC pushed a record setting 9.34 @ 143mph (230km/h). Christian Rado claimed 2nd place in the Pro FWD class of the 2008 BOTI nationals. Gary White won second place in the Extreme 10.5' class of the ADRL Battle of the Belts World Finals.
For the 2008 Formula Drift year, RS*R converted a Scion tC to rear wheel drive. This was done by using the Toyota Avensis chasis (which the Scion tC is based on, originally an AWD platform) and converted it into RWD. The car is powered by a tuned BEAMS 3S-GE engine. Ken Gushi currently competes with this vehicle.
For the 2009 Formula Drift year, Tanner Foust will compete using a Rockstar, AEM and Toyo Tire sponsored Scion tC converted to RWD, built by Papadukis Racing. Foust's car is powered by a TRD (Toyota Racing Development) built V8 from a former Busch Series NASCAR stocker.
For the 2008 KONI Challenge season, Dan Gardner and Craig Stanton were driving a Scion tC in the Street Tuner (ST) Class.
For 2009, a Supercharged tC fielded by team owner/driver Dan Gardner was entered in the SCCA WorldChallenge Touring Car 2 (TC2) class. Scott Webb drove the car to victory, bringing Scion home their first-ever professional win.
The Scion tC is marketed to be customized in many ways. In 2007 Scion released a Scion tC Spec Package priced and targeted for tuners starting at $15,000. Aftermarket parts for the tC are available from suspension, engine performance, body kits, drive train, turbos/supercharger, electronics, and many more. Turbo kits available for the Scion tC prove to give a major performance gain from stock 161hp to 210 - 400hp. Further more can be accomplished with internal engine and drivetrain work.
Product placement, advertisement, & other media appearances
In addition to an insignificant amount of traditional advertising on television, the Scion tC has appeared on a few TV shows.
The Scion tC was heavily promoted on a fictional talk show on the Adult Swim cartoon Frisky Dingo despite a character's opposition to the paid product placement.
It was also featured in Spike TV's Bullrun. Scion tC appeared on one of the episodes of Comedy Central's Reno 911 where Officer Raineesha Williams and Officer Clementine Johnson pull up in a blue metallic Scion tC.
A full scale 2006 commercial was periodically screened at AMC Theatres prior to showing movie trailers. Starting in 2007, Scion began a marked increase in advertising, especially on television. This is due to the 'Little Deviants' ad campaign, harking the Scions' 'customizability'.
The Scion tC has also been featured in EA's recent, Need for Speed: Shift video game as a Tier 1 American car, although the tC is a Japanese car. The tC visualy is a 05-07 tC, with out the 2008 and up, upper and lower grill and the head/tail light changed. Though the vehicle stats are a 2008 and up stats of 161 hp vs. the 05-06's 160hp.
In February 2009, Scion Vice President Jack Hollis announced there will be a new tC replacement within the next two years. The third generation Avensis went on sale in January 2009 while the current tC shares its platform with the second generation model. In early 2010, marketing research focus groups have been held in North America to help Scion position the replacement tC for 2011. The replacement model will carry a 2.5 litre I4 engine producing 180hp. Visually, the next generation is a toned-down variant of the Scion Fuse concept, featuring a similar rear quarter-panel window line and xB-style blacked-out A-pillars. However, taillights, headlights, and nose treatment are less radical. The 2011 tC will continue to have an all-glass roof, roomy interior, hatchback design, and orange-colored dash.
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