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2011 Scion tC: First Drive This Friday, More Photos Today

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You've seen the 2011 Scion tC before--earlier this year from the 2010 New York auto show. You probably want to know more on how it drives and how it's different from the '10, though, right?

This week we're in San Diego to drive the new Scion, but you'll have to wait a bit longer to find out more on handling, ride, acceleration and overall performance. Scion's slapped a Friday embargo on driving impressions. Until then, we're refreshing--okay, teasing--you with a couple dozen more photos before Friday's big day.

The tC, you'll recall from our New York show coverage, hits the showroom this fall with a bigger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine turning out 180 horsepower, up 19 hp and 11 pound-feet of torque over the 2010 model. The sheetmetal's been folded in some interesting new ways, and the front-driver will benefit from a pair of new gearboxes, a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with sequential shifting.

Electric power steering and a power sunroof are standard, but Scion's tossing a few bones at its tuner fans with a sport exhaust on the new tC, as well as 18-inch wheels and the usual dizzying array of add-on pieces and parts, like the spoiler on the "Cement"-shaded tC shown here.

Taken to the extreme, the tC could end up looking and riding like the Five Axis tuner concept Scion brought to the New York show--pictured here in blood-red paint.

We'll have more of everything later this week. Keep it bookmarked to TCC, and stay tuned on Friday for our 2011 tC first drive.

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