Toyota MR2 Spyder SMT — Short Take Road Test — Car Reviews — Car and Driver

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Toyota MR2 Spyder SMT

Mr. Two gets a manual transmission.

One expects F1-style paddle shifting Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, and sequential manual shifting in a BMW M3 as no surprise. But what about an automated manual from

Yep, Toyota now offers a manual in the MR2 Spyder that you using buttons on the steering or by bumping the transmission selector on the console, and without depressing a pedal. Both controls a sequence in which the throttle is the clutch is disengaged, and the shift is activated. On downshifts — as in $155,000 360 Modena F1 — the provides a blip of power to engine and transmission speeds for events.

And we can report that the system pretty flawlessly, although Unlike the F1 system in expensive where you’re allowed to an ultra-high-performance strategy that high revving of the engine the clutch is dropped for a smoking launch, Toyota’s mechanism the emphasis on durability.

Thus, with the accelerator floored, the is conducted gently, with enough revs dialed up to a gentle clutch engagement. once under way, the are made slowly and deliberately. this isn’t a problem normal or even sporty the shifts seem agonizingly at the drag strip. Any one of our test could stab the pedals and the lever through the gate in the time.

So the 0-to-60-mph time — at 8.2 — is 1.4 seconds slower the last MR2 we tested. The quarter-mile of 16.2 seconds (versus seconds) is similarly prolonged.

But write off the MR2 SMT just yet. The car is fun to drive, engendering many of the F1-style fantasies you get in the Ferrari. You can deep into bends pressing buttons for perfectly downshifts that match and engine speeds exactly. important if you plan to drive close to the limit of adhesion, a misstep in the pedal department of a car a normal manual transmission can a chirp of rear-wheel lockup not a good thing when a sensitive mid-engine car near limit.

Of course, the MR2 is a little more than the race cars for these automated manual were devised, but you get the picture. And in the of long and trouble-free operation, can argue that its SMT system probably extend clutch being better able to throttle inputs and clutch-engagement than many owners

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It is also pretty cool to be to sit in slow-moving traffic and have the leg do all the clutch work. As long, of as you remember to pop the console lever neutral during long at idle. It is, after all, a conventional diaphragm clutch, and its bearing will thank you for a rest.

If there’s a single aspect of system that remains to us, it’s the lack of a fully feature. After all, SMT mechanism requires an elaborate control system to handle the matter of coordinating clutch and throttle inputs in a way that a seamless flow of power.

So how could it be to incorporate the same at predetermined speeds and throttle without the driver’s say-so? It be perfect when caught in traffic, say, or when on a cell phone, or any time the would prefer not to have to about pushing buttons.

As it is, the driver has to initiate every It’s not that big a deal, that’s what you’re on to do with any conventional manual-transmission car but you know, we’re paid to On the plus side, the MR2’s is as intuitive as any we’ve seen, understood by parking valets minimal coaching, and fuel is identical to that of the low-tech

With or without the sequential transmission, the MR2 is a charming little mid-engine roadster. Push-button at a real-world price of just can only add to its allure.

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