TORRANCE, Calif., March 3, 2009 - Scion’s Release Series (RS) models have been a lightning rod for buyers that want the style of a custom ride and the peace of mind that all the accessories are up to the brand’s standards in fit and finish. The Release Series are limited-production offerings that have an array of cool custom touches inside and out and are designated by number within the series. For a small bump on the bottom line, Release Series Scions deliver a special one-off color and combinations of interior and exterior treatments.
To date there have been 15 Release Series Scions since the first, the xB RS 1.0 in Hot Lava that debuted at the 2004 Los Angeles Auto Show. The latest Release Series whips are the xB RS 6.0 in Absolutely Red and gloss black tC RS 5.0. In between, themes have run the gamut.
2004 Scion xB Release Series 1.0: Hot Lava
The xB Release Series 1.0 is easily spotted by its vibrant orange, Hot Lava body color and color-keyed rear spoiler. A matching orange powder-coated strut tower bar enhances handling, while a billet grille completes the urban utility vehicle’s tuner look.
The Hot Lava’s cabin is illuminated with orange under-dash, under-seat and cup holder lighting, and further distinguished with subtle black seat fabric boasting orange highlights. Approximately 2,100 units of the Scion xB RS 1.0 were produced.
2005 Scion xA Release Series 1.0: Absolutely Red
The xA Release Series 1.0 pops to life via its Absolutely Red body that features a trick sports grille and color-keyed rear spoiler. A power moonroof, plus vehicle stability control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC), enhances the urban five-door subcompact’s overall motoring capabilities. To get the most of its drive-train, the xA RS 1.0 rides on a set of 17-inch, six-spoke Enkei alloy wheels wrapped in 205/40R17 Yokohama Avid H4S tires.
The xA interior is distinguished with a subtle, black seat fabric with red highlights, along with red lighting in the center storage compartment. Just 1,550 units of the xA Release Series 1.0 were produced.
2005 Scion xB Release Series 2.0: Solar Yellow
The most retina challenging of the RS models is the bright Solar Yellow xB Release Series 2.0. Exterior features include color-keyed side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, color-keyed rear spoiler, a tunable sport muffler, and a metal sport mesh grille.
Inside the urban utility vehicle, stainless steel xB RS 2.0 appliqués line the door sills and black fabric with yellow accents are designed to match the brilliant yellow exterior paint. Just 2,500 units of the Scion xB RS 2.0 were made.
2005 Scion xA Release Series 2.0: Spectra Blue
All xA Release Series 2.0 vehicles glisten thanks to their bright Spectra Blue Mica exteriors. Standard features include a distinctive sports grille, fog lights, and a color-keyed rear spoiler.
Inside, black fabric with blue accents complements the exterior. A blue interior lighting kit and xA Release Series 2.0 embroidered floor mats round out the package. Only 1,700 units of the Scion xA RS 2.0 hit the streets.
2005 Scion tC Release Series 1.0: Absolutely Red
The 2005 tC Release Series 1.0 rolls on P225/40ZR18 tires wrapped around 18-inch Enkei alloy wheels in a dark graphite finish. The front fascia receives unique upper and lower grilles. Pop the hood and admirers are greeted by a splattering of red in the form of a battery tie down, billet oil filler cap, and front strut tie bar.
Black sport seats with red highlights carry the Absolutely Red exterior into the passenger cabin. A cargo mat, embroidered tC Release Series 1.0 floor mats, and brushed aluminum Release Series 1.0 door sills come standard. Only 2,500 units of the Scion tC RS 1.0 were produced.
2006 Scion xB Release Series 3.0: Envy Green
The xB Release Series 3.0’s vivid Envy Green paint makes it a standout. Other cool elements include a solid, color-keyed Aero Speed grille, seven-spoke wheel covers, and a color-keyed rear spoiler.
Inside, an Alpine DVD audio/video receiver with an extended range six-speaker system and one-inch soft dome tweeters pump out the tunes. The system features Apple iPod connectivity and can playback various formats of CDs and DVDs. The xB RS 3.0 is also equipped with XM Satellite Radio.
The focal point of the 3.0 is its Vizualogic Dual Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System with seven-inch LCD monitor mounted on the back of each front seat headrest and two infrared wireless headphones. A keyless Scion Security System helps protect this well-equipped xB. Only 2,200 units of the xB Release Series 3.0 were constructed.
2006 Scion tC Release Series 2.0: Blitz Blue Mica
The 2006 tC Release Series 2.0 is doused in a brilliant Blue Blitz Mica. Custom features include a stainless steel mesh upper and lower front grille treatment and 17-inch satin metallic finished alloy wheels.
Inside, the tC's front and rear seats are trimmed in black Alcantara® material. Tunes flow from a Pioneer Premium AM/FM/CD audio system with iPod connectivity and color-changing LED display. The tC RS 2.0 is also equipped with XM Satellite Radio. Also standard is a six-inch Pioneer subwoofer mounted in the under-floor storage area, keeping it out of sight and leaving the cargo floor clear. The production run of this special tC was 2,600 units.
2006 Scion xA Release Series 3.0: Stingray Metallic
The 2006 xA Release Series 3.0 features a stunning Stingray Metallic light blue exterior paint and attractive front and rear KenStyle® ground effects, Release Series wheel covers, color-tuned seat fabric, and a rear spoiler. Scion produced 2,500 units of the Stingray Metallic xA subcompact.
2006 Scion xB Release Series 4.0: Torched Penny
The Scion xB Release Series 4.0’s Maziora Torched Penny paint, a color-shifting finish that changes depending on your viewing angle and how light plays off the car's surface, really turns heads. The 4.0 also flexes a rear spoiler, Modellista speed grille, rear bumper protector and RS wheel covers.
Inside, custom floor mats announce this is no mere mortal xB, if the multicolor dash lighting, new shift knob (MT only) and standard-issue numbered plaque don’t already give it away. The production run for the Torched Penny xB was 2,500 units.
2007 Scion tC Release Series 3.0: Blizzard White
It’s easy to chill out in the frosty Blizzard Pearl white tC Release Series 3.0. You’ll get looks too as this tC is decked out with a front and rear KenStyle® ground effects. Other exterior features include darkened headlights and a custom wide intake-style upper grille with a honeycomb insert that matches the lower grille.
The tC RS 3.0 is adorned with sporty black Alcantara seats detailed with a gray perforated center seating surface on a white background. The cargo-mounted six-inch Pioneer subwoofer from the tC RS 2.0 makes a return appearance. Only 2,500 units of the tC Release Series 3.0 rolled off of assembly lines.
2008 Scion xB Release Series 5.0: Gold Rush Mica
The xB Release Series 5.0 features dazzling Gold Rush Mica exterior paint, a trick body kit from renowned Japanese body tuner KenStyle®, the first xB moonroof, and RS wheel covers.
Inside, the xB features Gold Rush Mica accented interior trim and color-tuned seat fabric. Only 2,500 units of the xB Release Series 5.0 were sent to showroom floors.
2008 Scion tC Release Series 4.0: Galactic Gray
The tC RS 4.0’s Galactic Gray Mica exterior paint is the blank canvas that Scion infused with VIP-themed enhancements. An aggressive DAMD body kit and upper grille bring home the luxury/sport theme of the VIP scene.
Inside, the tC RS 4.0 secures driver and passenger in gray and black wrapped Alcantara® bucket seats, and all seating surfaces get custom embroidered logos. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and a black leather and dark wood RAZO shift knob complete the look. The tC RS 4.0 production run resulted in 2,300 units.
2008 Scion xD Release Series 1.0: Hot Lava
The first Release Series xD, the 2008 xD RS 1.0, features Hot Lava exterior paint, a DAMD body kit, rear spoiler, Release Series wheel covers and TRD lowering springs.
Inside, the xD RS 1.0 continues its volcanic theme with Hot Lava accented seats and interior trim, and a RAZO Release Series shift knob. Production was limited to 2,000 units.
2009 Scion xB Release Series 6.0: Absolutely Red
Approximately 2,500 2009 xB Release Series 6.0 are sprayed exclusively in Absolutely Red and feature a unique front grille with custom black finish. Special Release Series wheel covers differentiate this limited production xB, as does an available color-keyed rear spoiler option.
Inside, the xB RS 6.0 features a touch-screen Pioneer Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) head unit with flash memory, voice recognition, MSN Direct, and Bluetooth®. For media player flexibility, the AVN unit comes with USB, SD card, and iPod connectivity. The Pioneer AVN head unit is also satellite radio and HD Radio ready and will play DVDs and iPod videos when the gear selector is in park.
Absolutely Red makes its mark inside the xB as well with color-tuned four-in-one interior lights, RS 6.0 illuminated door sills, and accented interior trim and color-tuned seat fabric. The xB RS 6.0 is also equipped with a rear cargo cover.
2009 Scion tC Release Series 5.0: Gloss Black
The tC Release Series 5.0 in gloss black is the only limited-run tC for 2009. The car’s theme is Toyota Racing Development (TRD), so performance will be at its heart.
Trick TRD-edition 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, in matte black with red trim, and red TRD lowering springs provide this tC with its menacing presence. For additional stability when cornering, the tC is fitted with a red TRD rear sway bar. A TRD sport muffler gives the tC RS 5.0 an aggressive sound signature, while a TRD exterior badge marks the car. A black rear lip spoiler will be available as an option.
The TRD theme rolls on in the cabin where a black leather steering wheel featuring red stitching, black seats with red accents, and floor mats with the TRD logo. The tC RS 5.0 is also equipped with a cargo mat. Like all Release Series models individually numbered badging ensures the uniqueness of this vehicle. No more than 2,000 units of the RS 5.0 tC will be produced.