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2009 Scion tC news, pictures, and information
Scion tC Sports Coupe Cruises into 2009The tC sports coupe, the best-selling vehicle in the Scion lineup, carries over unchanged for the 2009 model year after receiving minor changes last year. The tC Spec Package is discontinued for 2009. The tC remains one of the best values in its §egmènt and has EPA fuel economy estimates of 20 city/27 highway for the manual transmission and 21/29 for the automatic. In addition, the tC is rated ÚLEV.
The tC's sporty package is distinguished by an upper mesh grille, lattice lower grille and projector-type low beam headlights wîth black trim in front, and tail lights similar in style to the headlights wîth round combination lamps.
A 2.4-liter double overhead-cam four cylinder engine wîth Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i) powers this CARB-certified Últra Low Emission Vehicle (ÚLEV) to produce a punchy 161 horsepower. The tC features a five-speed manual transmission or an available electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The tC features a 106.3-inch wheelbase and 69.1-inch wide stance which facilitates roominess and ride comfort. Four-wheel independent suspension, strut-type front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension add responsive handling.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes wîth electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) are standard on the tC. A two-step brake booster increases power assist in proportion to pedal force to provide precise pedal feel. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps to prevent the wheels from locking during severe braking maneuvers, while EBD monitors differences in front- and rear-wheel speeds and distributes optimal braking force to all four wheels.
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 161 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
Like all Scions, the tC comes standard wîth front dual stage airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitor system, headrests, three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions and a first aid kit. The tC also features a driver's knee airbag.
Audio System Choices
Scion's standard 160-watt maximum output Pioneer AM/FM/CD audio system features a head unit wîth iPod connectivity and control. This head unit integrates track, artist and album information from the iPod into a one-line display on the head unit's screen. Connectivity is achieved by simply plugging the iPod into a port via a connector cable, providing outstanding sound quality through the car's stereo system and constant power to the iPod. Music is controlled through the head unit and §teering wheel audio controls. A standard mini-jack port also allows users to listen to their portable music collection through the tC's Pioneer speakers.
The tC's optional Pioneer premium audio system adds several more features to the standard head unit including the ability to download 'skins' to play on the organic electroluminescent (OEL) faceplate. Customers can download images, four-second video clips and eight-second movies from Pioneer's website. In addition, Pioneer software allows customers to personalize their head unit by burning their own images and movies onto a CD and uploading them onto the available head unit.
Since many Scion customers add in-car entertainment systems to their vehicle, the optional premium audio system comes wîth head unit outputs in the rear allowing for the addition of external amps to boost power to additional speakers and subwoofers. All head unit features remain unchanged if this feature is used.
Both the standard and premium head units retain key Scion audio system features such as Scion Sound Processing (SSP) where listeners can choose from three pre-set equalizer settings, satellite radio compatibility, a user-customizable welcome screen, MP3 and WMA capability, Automatic Sound Leveling (ASL) and Sound Retouch Technology (SRT), which provides clearer CD sound quality. Both systems will also feature seven speakers: a tweeter and woofer in each door panel, two full range speakers in the rear and the subwoofer under the cargo area.
Scion navigation system is also available featuring a 160-watt maximum power audio/video/navigation unit wîth seven-inch LCD touch screen.
Comfort and Class
The tC features unexpected utility, detail and content for its class. The comfortable front sport bucket seats feature driver's side height and thigh support adjustments, along wîth a walk-in function wîth memory for both the seat and backrest. For easy access to the rear seats a wide step-in space is available at the push of a convenient lever at the top of the seat back.
The center console's waterfall design is complemented by shutter-type flush-closing dash vents. In addition, a genuine cast-aluminum temperature control dial flanked by soft-touch electronic buttons, and an LCD display showing exterior temperature, seven fan speeds and a clock are features of the metal-tone center console.
The interior is also accented by a deep orange combination meter on the instrument panel, and silver-colored accents on the door assist grips and center cluster.
Details of the interior were not overlooked as the dash and upper door panels are covered wîth unique trim that was inspired by the texture of Japanese paper. In addition, the front-passenger airbag is seamlessly integrated into the dash. Dampers are used for the interior moving parts and ensure smooth operation. With the extensive use of sound absorption materials the tC maintains low NVH levels.
The tC's rear seats deliver utility and comfort. The rear can recline to 45 degrees and can be adjusted into 10 different positions. The 60/40-split rear seats fold forward for a nearly flat cargo floor, and when both are folded flat provide more than 8.5 feet of length for cargo. Standard tie down hooks in the rear seat and cargo areas provide added convenience.
Storage is abundant in the tC wîth four roomy map pockets, bag hooks in side panels, numerous CD, bottle, cup and cell phone holders, and a two-tiered fabric-covered center console.
Generous Standard Features
All Scion models come well-equipped in a 'mono spec' trim. The tC offers full standard equipment so the customer only needs to choose between manual or automatic transmissions and vehicle color.
Standard features include the panorama glass power moonroof (a first in this §egmènt), air conditioning, cruise control, exterior mirrors wîth integrated turn signal lights, power door locks and mirrors, rear cargo tonneau cover, auto up/down power windows wîth jam protection, in-key remote keyless entry, rolling-code engine immobilizer security system, auto-off headlamps, electronic hatch release, chrome-plated exhaust tip and a unique audio unit cover.
All Scion models come wîth complimentary factory-recommended maintenance services for the first 5,000 mile and 10,000 mile intervals, to be performed by an authorized Scion or Toyota dealership.
The tC model is available in a choice of seven colors: Flint Mica, Super White, Black Sand Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Wave Line Pearl and Nautical Blue Metallic. Exterior colors are complemented by a high-quality dark charcoal fabric interior.Source - Scion
Scion Drifting Squad Squared - Scion Doubles Its tC Attack In Formula DriftAfter its first successful season campaigning the Scion tC sports coupe in Formula Drift, North America's preeminent professional drift championship, Scion will return to the series in 2009 wîth another team supporting a second tC.
The Rockstar Energy Drink/Scion Drift Team Scion tC will be operated by Team Papadakis Racing and driven by two-time Formula Drift drivers' champion Tanner Foust, series cup titleholder for the past two seasons. The Rockstar entry joins the RS*R Scion tC to mount a challenge for the 2009 Formula Drift championship, and like the RS*R team, the Rockstar crew will take a factory-built, front-wheel drive tC and turn it into a drifting contender through a rear-wheel drive conversion.
In addition to his successes in Formula Drift, Foust, 34, is twice an X Games Rally medalist and prolific stunt driver, notably working as lead pilot in the 'Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift,' 'Bourne Últimatum' and 'Dukes of Hazzard' movies. His talents behind the wheel have led to jobs in front of the camera, where he has hosted a variety of automotive programs and even landed one of the three coveted spots on the upcoming American adaptation of the British motoring television series 'Top Gear.'
Renowned sport compact drag racer Stephan Papadakis is the name behind Team Papadakis Racing, and has an equally impressive résumé. The team owner and manager has also been a licensed Formula D driver over the last four seasons, earning a Rookie of the Year honor in 2005. When he was drag racing, Stephan broke a number of records in a handful of series – including being the first to crack 200 mph in a Honda – and in 2004 narrowly missed earning an NHRA Sport Compact Series Championship.
Team Papdakis works out of 3,000 square-foot shop dedicated solely to race team operations. At the facility, Papadakis and his crew can perform engine builds and have at their disposal an on-site chassis dynamometer and machine shop for custom fabrication needs.
Those resources will be brought to bear in converting the front-drive Rockstar tC into a rear-drive sliding machine. Like the RS*R team learned, the tC shares a common platform wîth Toyota's Japanese market Avensis four-wheel drive and Caldina all-wheel drive, a factor that will likely help it to undergo the adaptation.
Aftermarket parts company AEM and Toyo Tires join Rockstar and Scion as backers of the second drift tC, as do Motegi Racing, Tokico Suspension, SPC Performance, ACT Clutches, and Memphis Car Audio. However, some partnerships have yet to be finalized and may be subject to change.
Ken Gushi piloted the RS*R Scion tC in the car's inaugural season, and finished a respectable 14th in the 2008 points chase, collecting four Top-16 appearances along the way. Gushi's position in the final season drivers' table qualifies him for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship in mid-November.Source - Scion
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