Farewell Scion tC, hello Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86
The Scion FR-S will be back in 2017 but badged as the Toyota 86, with the same rear-wheel drive fun fans know and love. 

As you may have heard, last month, Toyota made the announcement that they would be absorbing the youthful North American Scion nameplate as part of a brand-transitioning plan. With that change means that people will be saying goodbye to the Scion tC coupe, and hello to the rear-wheel drive Toyota 86 sports car, or what is currently known as the FR-S.

2016 Scion tC Release Series 10.0

Before the tC bows out gracefully next year, one final special edition will be released — the 2016 Release Series 10.0. Inspired by Japanese body kit guru Kei Miura, this particular model boasts a subtle front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear lip and flush-mounted trunk spoiler, all finished in black. Matching the ground effects are black emblems and gloss black alloy wheels.

2016 Scion tC Release Series 10.0

In the cabin, racy red stitching can be found on the seats, shift boot, parking brake and steering wheel. Rounding out the theme are red seat belts and a numbered badge indicating which one of the 200 made it is. Prices start at $26,935.

2017 Toyota 86 rear

At the same time the Release Series 10.0 is revealed, at the New York International Auto Show later this week, the covers will also be thrown off the 2017 Toyota 86. Although the 86 name is already used in other parts of the world — and is a throwback to a sporty rear-wheel Toyota from the 1980s also using the same two digits — it will be fresh for the Canadian market.

2017 Toyota 86 front angle

A bunch of add-ons and revisions will accompany the new moniker. The 86 receives LED headlights and turn signals, different front and rear bumpers and upgraded interior materials. The suspension has been tuned for better handling, power increased by five horsepower, and on cars equipped with manual transmissions, the gear change ratios have been modified to yield quicker acceleration.

The 2016 Scion tC Release Series 10.0 is available for order now, and the 2017 Toyota 86 will go on sale this fall. 

Posted by Benjamin Yong

Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5. Twitter: @b_yong Instagram: @popuplights