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Scion shows tC Release Series 9.0, Giants fans rejoyce

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:30:00 EST

The timing is perfect. Really, Scion couldn't have done any better, unveiling the latest member of the Scion tC Release Series – number 9.0, a stylish black-and-orange looker – barely a day after the San Francisco Giants, whose color scheme is black and orange, won the World Series. Also, one day before Halloween.

The Scion's well-timed color scheme is the product of Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs. The company's styling treatment also includes the custom body kit and orange seatbelts.

The Release 9.0's two main performance enhancements include a center-exit exhaust and TRD lowering springs. Beyond that, though, the changes are largely aesthetic. Black wheels, accents and badges round out the exterior changes, while the cabin features orange contrast stitching on the steering wheel and seats and orange paint on the dash and shifter surround.

Scion will build just 2,000 tC Release 9.0, with prices starting at $23,190 for a manual-trans model and $24,340 for an automatic. Those prices, of course, don't include the $770 in destination charging. Interested customers can look for the limited-edition model to arrive in dealers in January 2015.

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Scion tC Release Series 9.0 Steals the Show

Two-Tone, 'Show Car' Styling Features Scion's First Blacked-Out Badge
October 29, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2014) – Vibrant magma orange and designer details transform the new Scion tC Release Series 9.0 into a driver's show car. Scion joined forces with Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs to create the limited edition, two-tone version of the sports coupe.

Scion will produce just 2,000 of the tC Release Series 9.0 vehicles which will feature a unique black and magma exterior, an aero kit designed by Cartel Customs, a center exhaust, a Smart Key with Push Button Start featuring the "Cartel Logo" and orange front seat belts.

Orange stitching carries the theme through to the steering wheel and seats, while orange paint adds an exotic look to dashboard components, door panels and shifter surround. The blacked out Scion badge brings a final aggressive detail to the front face.

"The Scion tC Release Series 9.0 stands out from the crowd with a bold exterior look and high-end details," said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. "This limited series tC will excite drivers looking for a show car they can drive every day."

Other features of tC Release Series 9.0 include:

Black finish alloy wheels with matching center cap
Gloss black finish side mirrors and door handles
Release Series badge mirror cover
Toyota Racing Development lowering springs
High-profile rear spoiler
Cartel logo floor and cargo mats

The series vehicles will come with either six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management® technology. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) will be $23,190 for the manual transmission and $24,340 for the automatic transmission, excluding the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $770.

The cars are expected to arrive in dealerships in January 2015. For more information about the tC Release Series 9.0, visit

By Brandon Turkus

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