Outside, the aforementioned 18-inch multi-spoke alloys (matte black with red accents) are supported by lowered springs from TRD to give this bespoke tC aggressive curbside swagger. The vehiclel is bathed in gloss black, and an available rear lip spoiler adds some attitude at the rear.
On the inside, the black and red theme continues. A black leather steering wheel with red stitching continues the color theme inside, as do black seats with red inserts and TRD floor mats. Finally, each 2009 tC RS 5.0 will come complete with individually numbered badges.
Mechanically, a TRD rear antiroll bar increase cornering prowess, and a TRD sport muffler barks a more aggressive tone (and conceivably reduces back pressure at high RPM).
Scion will build 2,000 tC Release Series 5.0s. MSRP for the cars is $2,300 higher than a base Scion tC; that comes out to $19,300 for the manual, $20,100 for the automatic.
Look for the 2009 Scion tC RS 5.0 at dealerships beginning this March.