Toyota has the good fortune and the burden of having the successful Celica in its past. For almost 30 years, the sporty coupe defined the brand, and led some dramatic styling changes until it was dropped from the lineup. The Scion tC took up the same mantle, only without the name--and in its first generation, it wore everything Celica in its look but the badging.
The rounded, soft looks gave way in the 2011 model year, when Scion rebaked the tC into a more masculine plaything. The angles are sharper, the corners more creased, the attitude a little more brusque. From some angles it's still recognizably Toyota--from others it's a little alien, from the Cylon-like helmet shaped into the rear roofline that's also a nod to the Nissan GT-R and Chevy Camaro, to the shoveled nose and tail that fall into line with an Eighties subtext running through its sheetmetal. It's a Celica at heart, still, we think, but maybe one that's into a little cosplay.