Scion is now on its ninth Release Series special edition of the tC coupe, with a new limited-run car that hits showrooms in January 2015. Designed in partnership with Cartel Customs, the 2015 Scion TC Release 9.0 is supposed to give buyers, “a show car they can drive every day.”
The most prominent change is an orange-and-black two-tone exterior treatment that wouldn’t look out of place at a Halloween bash. Black wheels, a new rear spoiler, a center-exit exhaust, and a new bodykit from Cartel Customs transform the 2015 Scion TC from its standard shape. Lowering springs from Toyota Racing Development drop the car’s ride height.
Moving inside, Cartel Customs added orange stitching for the steering wheel and seats; orange trim for the dashboard, door panels, and shifter surround; orange front seats and seatbelts; and push-button start with a Cartel Customs logo on the key fob. Like all versions of the Scion tC, the Release Series 9.0 employs a 2.4-liter inline-four engine rated for 179 hp.
The 2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0 will set buyers back $23,960 with destination if they opt for the six-speed manual transmission, or $25,110 if they want an automatic. That represents a premium of $3,995 over a base 2015 Scion tC. The sporty coupe received a handful of changes for the 2015 model year, including the addition of shift paddles as standard on all automatic-transmission models and some new paint options.