- - Thursday, July 21, 2011

Scion’s first release series for the second generation tC sports coupe, the 2012 tC Release Series 7.0 (tC RS 7.0), is available at dealer showrooms this summer.The 2012 tC sports coupe will come standard with a new Pioneer audio system that features Bluetooth hands-free, Bluetooth streaming audio and HD Radio technology.

The 2012 tC Release Series 7.0 comes exclusively in High Voltage yellow exterior paint with contrasting black side view mirrors and black 18-inch alloy wheels.The tC’s aggressive exterior are further stylized with a TRD body kit that includes front and rear lower valences and side skirts.

High Voltage yellow accents make their way into the tC’s interior with color-tuned black and yellow seat fabric, leather wrapped steering wheel with yellow stitching and an individually numbered badge.The tC RS 7.0 features Smart Key, a convenient keyless entry system that unlocks the doors with a touch of the door handle.The system also includes a red TRD push-button start allowing the car to be started with the push of a button.The use of the Smart Key system is a first for Scion.

Scion will only build 2,200 units of the tC RS 7.0.The limited edition model will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $20,905 and $21,905 when equipped with a manual and automatic transmission respectively.The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $720.

The new tC truly focuses on youth with its all-new standard AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 300-watt maximum output Pioneer audio system. New standard features for 2012 includeBluetooth connectivity that allows both hands-free phone connection and streaming audio capability as well as HD Radio technologyStreaming audio allows compatible phone or personal media devices to pair with the audio system and listen to music through the vehicles sound system. The audio system also features an organic electroluminescent (OEL) screen with a personalized welcome screen, iPod/USB connectivity, Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), and a subwoofer RCA output. The USB port and universal auxiliary (AUX) port are located on the center console that allows users to listen to their portable music collection through the tC’s eight Pioneer speakers.

Connectivity is achieved by simply plugging the portable music player, including iPod and iPhone, into the USB or AUX port. The head unit’s screen displays track number, track name and artist information from select USB units. The audio system provides outstanding sound quality through the car’s stereo system and constant power to select iPods. Music is controlled through the head unit and the steering wheel audio control buttons for radio, CD and certain USB devices. iPod users can also use an alphabetical speed search to find a specific artist or album.

The ASR function restores a wide, deep and rich quality to MP3/WMA/AAC sound. Through the subwoofer RCA output, tC owners can add an external amp to drive one or more subwoofers. For easy operation, the system’s multi selector allows for easy control of the head unit. Unique to the standard Pioneer audio system is the customizable welcome screen that also lets users to create a personal message of up to 16 characters.