Scion tC : 2011

Premieres at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.
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New York. March 31, 2010.
All-New tC Sports Coupe Adds Power, Performance.

Launched in 2004, the tC quickly became Scion’s top-selling vehicle, at the same time attracting the youngest buyer in the entire industry. Six years later, the second-generation tC emerges with an aggressive new look, increased driving performance, and a more premium feel.

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2011 Scion tC.

Enhanced performance is accomplished in the second-generation tC with an all-new 2.5- liter inline four-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i that generates 180 horsepower, 19 more than the previous model, and 11 additional lbs.-ft of torque. In addition to increases in power, the new engine delivers an increase in fuel economy all while lowering emissions.

Performance is further improved and heard through a new intake manifold design and a sport-tuned exhaust system that delivers a bold and aggressive sound.

Scion New Dimension/3-3-3-3 The tC features two all-new transmissions: the six-speed manual transmission has improved shift-feel and adds to the car’s already fun-to-drive character, and a new six-speed automatic gains two gears along with sequential-shift.

The 2011 tC enters its second-generation riding on a new platform, including a specially tuned MacPherson strut front-suspension and a double-wishbone rear-suspension that rides lower than the previous model. Larger 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are wrapped in wider tires, giving the tC a broader stance and elevated handling characteristics. The new model also comes standard with larger 16-inch disc brakes on all corners. A new performance-tuned electronic power-steering system provides the driver a confident feel that is more in-tune with the road. The elements brought together in the new chassis result in a premium performance that expands the tC into a new dimension of driving enjoyment. The all-new design of the 2011 tC projects a bolder and more aggressive stance. Important design cues like the helmet-inspired cabin shape were adopted from the Calty-designed Scion FUSE concept, which was unveiled at the 2006 New York Auto Show. The protruding fender flares amplify its wider, lower stance and are aggressively complemented by a sleek front grille and projector headlamps. The shape of the rear taillights flow cleanly into the overall shape of the trunk.

Inside, a driver-focused cockpit starts with a sporty new three-spoke steering wheel that features a flat bottom and a new shape that offers a confident grip. Front seats feature robust bolsters that provide secure positioning while still offering spaciousness and comfort. The instrument-panel, gauge cluster and center-console all face inward in a V-shape, making controls easily accessible. Overall, the cabin has been lengthened for a more comfortable passenger experience with increased versatility. Utility is enhanced with reclining rear seats that split 60/40, providing more storage capacity. The panoramic moonroof remains standard in the new tC.

The new tC comes standard with an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system that features eight speakers. As with all Scion models, steering-wheel-mounted controls allow the driver to easily navigate through all of their music. The new tC is also reinforced with key safety features and is expected to achieve top safety ratings. In addition to standard Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), the new tC also gains standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control (TRAC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Active front-headrests and eight airbags are also standard, including both driver and front-passenger knee airbags.

• Engine: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder with Dual VVT-i
• Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
• Transmission: 6-speed M/T or 6-speed A/T with Sequential-Shift
• Overall Length: 174.0
• Overall Width: 70.7
• Overall Height: 55.7
• Wheelbase: 106.3
• Seating Capacity: 5

The tC is scheduled to arrive in dealerships later this fall.

(source: Scion)

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2011 Scion tC.

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2011 Scion tC with rear spoiler.

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2011 Scion tC without rear spoiler.

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2011 Scion tC rear spoiler.

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2011 Scion tC breaklight.

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2011 Scion tC breaklight detail.

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2011 Scion tC headlight.

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2011 Scion tC sun-roof.

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2011 Scion tC rear-view mirror.

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2011 Scion tC wheel.

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2011 Scion tC interior.

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2011 Scion tC interior.

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2011 Scion tC interior.

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2011 Scion tC sun-roof.

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2011 Scion tC gauge cluster.

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2011 Scion tC automatic gearbox.

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2011 Scion tC interior.

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2011 Scion tC trunk.

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2011 Scion tC trunk.

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2011 Scion tC trunk.

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2011 Scion tC spare tire.

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Five Axis customized edition of the all-new 2011 Scion tC.

The Five Axis tC carries a high–performance, racing theme with the installation of a four-inch wide-body conversion and a unique House of Color custom formulated exterior paint that is appropriately named, Bloodshot. Performance was enhanced with the installation of a Tein adjustable coil-over suspension, a TRD custom Big Brake kit, and 20-inch Yokahama Advan Sport tires mounted onto five AD R5:F wheels.

The interior complements the exterior performance and look with unique Five Axis trim and color appointments and material specifications by Zing Design. Comfort is provided with custom leather-trimmed seats with Ultrasuede® EcoDesign™ inserts. Additional interior enhancements include Chilewich floor mats, and upholstery by Little John’s Interior Concepts.

Founded in 1995 by Troy Sumitomo, Five Axis is most noted for their concept cars and high-end showcars often seen at major international auto shows and trade shows like SEMA.

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Carlos's comments

I've always liked the tC. There is something subtle about this car that carries certain attributes that seem attractive to me. I like the front end, the head lights and the profile. While I have not seen the actual car, all of this is lost in the 2011. Not a fan. It's too bad it doesn't look like the Five Axis customized edition shown at the show, i'd be signing a different tune.

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