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Scion tC to get TRD performance version?

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 7th 2010 at 1:58PM

This is interesting. The JDM-obsessed crew over at 7Tune seem to believe that Toyota is planning a more sports-oriented version of the 2011 Scion tC. At first blush, the car reads like little more than a best-of list of parts from the TRD catalog. The word comes courtesy of none other than Toyota's Chief Engineer, Masayuki Nagai, who says that the car will boast all-new bodywork, a revamped suspension and a free-flowing exhaust for a little more pep. Supposedly the whole package will hit the wallet at a little more than $18,000. If that's true, the new package could be a performance steal.

Unfortunately, this rumored sharper tC isn't slated to hit showrooms until the 2012 model year, which means that buyers will be only have its more prosaic iteration to pick over for a full year before its meaner brother comes along.

Of course, we have to wonder exactly how many people are buying the tC because they want to scoot around a track faster than the competition – not too many, we'd fathom. But with Toyota apparently keen to gain a stronger male demographic for the tC, this is probably as good a place as any to start.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/07/scion-tc-to-get-trd-performance-version/

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REPORT: TRD-TUNED SCION TC IN THE WORKS?

By Andrew Ganz

Scion’s redesigned tC, set to debut this fall, undoubtedly offers up more factory performance than its predecessor. But the youth-oriented Toyota division might have more tricks up its sleeve as it attempts to reshape the coupe as a more sport-oriented offering.

According to 7Tune, a variant of the tC developed by Toyota’s TRD (Toyota Racing Development) division is on the way. 7Tune reports that Toyota is “moving along with the development” of a TRD model. Just what TRD accouterments are likely to show up remains an unanswered question, although a supercharger and an uprated exhaust system seem like natural options given prior TRD-badged models.

7Tune also reports that Toyota is hoping to increase the manual transmission take rate from 30 to 40 percent.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/report-trd-tuned-scion-tc-in-the-works.html

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