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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 DOHC rated at 200hp and 200 lb.-ft was available with a 5-speed opting for the turbo also fog lights (though a few normally models were fitted them), raised engine vents, a center storage between the two seats, and a discreet badge on the right side of the deck lid. The Turbo was in California emissions states in due to stricter standards, and ’95 turn out to be the last year for the Mk. II MR2 in North America. A
replacement would eventually in the spring of 2000, but that’s a for another 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 there’s a vast and knowledgeable community scattered across the and the world to lend a hand. line: If you want an affordable. tool for puttering to and from the salt mines during the that will also be at spending weekends gripping our of the world’s many mountain like a raccoon grips a of the Colonel’s Original Recipe that’s mighty

tight; don’t ask), the Mk. II MR2 very well be the car for you.

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