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Toyota MR 2 II

Terrific Toyotas: 1991-95 MR2

March 17, 2010


In our most installment. we took a fond back at Toyota ’s convention shunning mid-engine of the ‘90s, the Previa. However, it the company’s most famous or mid-engine vehicle of the era; honor fell to the second MR2.

Toyota MR 2 II

The original MR2 (codenamed made its American debut in one year after the Pontiac Unlike GM’s half-baked and confused mid-engine two-seat (Was it a commuter car? A car? A device to aid in the invention of new words?), Toyota’s midship often affectionately referred to as 2” by car cognoscenti was most a tool for spirited driving, just so happened to pack reliability and quality as standard However, as the competition grew the AW11 even in peppy form became less and relevant. The dated, wedge-tastic certainly didn’t help So for 1991 (model year in

Japan and Europe) the MR2 Mk. II was released. American versions were SW21 and SW22, depending on the the most widely accepted designation is SW20. Unlike the of the world’s normally-aspirated SW20s, used 2.0L inline-fours, the American version was equipped a 2.2L DOHC inline-four was also used in the Celicas and of the era. It was rated at 130hp and 144 of torque (increased to 135hp and 145 in 1993), and could be paired a 5-speed manual or 4-speed transmission. A turbocharged 2.0L inline-four. rated at 200hp and 200 was
only available with a manual; opting for the turbo featured fog lights (though a few aspirated models were with them), raised cover vents, a center compartment between the two seats, and a “TURBO” badge on the right of the rear deck lid. The was unavailable in California emissions in 1995 due to stricter standards, and would turn out to be the last for the Mk. II MR2 altogether in North America. A would eventually arrive in the of 2000, but that’s a story for day

You can pick up an SW20 MR2 for just a thousand if you don’t mind a normally-aspirated example; mint, Turbos (or any stock version, for matter) are quite rare days, though they trade hands for much than $10,000. Problem include speedometer cables on and ’92 models, grounding that can fail or be left which often leads to and T-top (the overwhelming were built with making the few hardtops highly drain tubes. Other those bits, the SW20 is robust, and when you do

run into trouble, there’s a and knowledgeable ownership community across the country and the world to a hand. Bottom line: If you an affordable. reliable tool for to and from the Man’s salt during the week that also be at home spending gripping our part of the world’s mountain switchbacks like a grips a bucket of the Colonel’s Recipe (and that’s tight; don’t ask), the Mk. II MR2 very well be the car for you.

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