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Scion’s Second '08 Release: tC 4.0

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While a few automakers staged introductions of important new vehicles at the Chicago auto show--the Chevrolet Traverse, the redone Acura RL, and Ford’s Transit Connect among them--Scion’s low-key effort in the Windy City came in the form of a limited edition of the tC coupe.

The second Scion limited edition thus far in 2008, the tC Release Series 4.0 (tC RS 4.0) starts with the basic tC and adds Galactic Gray Mica paint, a DAMD body and grille kit, and can be dolled up with a body-color spoiler. On the inside the RS 4.0 sports gray and black Alcantara seats with embroidered logos, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather and wood RAZO shift knob.

Scion’s made big business of small-batch cars, and like other special editions, this one wears numbered badges to tell you exactly how exclusive you are--which is one of 2300. You’ll pay $2770 more than shoppers who opt for the stock tC, which runs $17,000 with a manual transmission ($17,800 with an automatic).

The RS 4.0 goes on sale in March.

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