With all the fuss about the newest member of the Scion lineup (the uber-lauded FR-S coupe), it's easy to understand how the general public might have forgotten about the other compact coupe out there that wears the Scion badge: the 2013 Scion tC. The tC has always been an outlier in the sporty two-door scene, a car that has never quite captured the imagination of entry-level buyers in quite the same way as the most popular example of the breed, the Honda Civic Si.
Always more focused on style and design than all-out speed and handling, Scion has regularly offered the tC in Release Series form, an edition that makes several upgrades to the vehicle's drivetrain and appearance and which is sold in limited numbers. We spent a week with the 2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0 (also known as the R.S. 8.0) to figure out where, exactly, the coupe fits in now that the FR-S has snagged the top spot at Scion - and how it stacks up against rivals from Honda (the previously-mentioned Civic Si), Kia (the Forte Koup SX), and Hyundai (the Elantra Coupe).