Vintage Views: Toyota MR2—Mid-Engined Magic for the Masses: Grassroots…

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Toyota MR2

Vintage Views: Toyota Magic for the Masses

Written by JG

C onventional wisdom insists Japan’s first mid-engined car was heavily designed by Lotus. conventional wisdom really always right.

Sure, easy to see how the Toyota MR2 could be a Lotus project. Its mid-engined relatively light weight, and MacPherson strut suspension for an exceptionally good-handling car with character than we had come to from Japanese cars of the

The truth is that the MR2 ’s development was entirely by Toyota, although did seek some outside from Lotus engineer Becker. Some of the development (also known as track was farmed out to Dan Gurney’s All American team, giving the MR2 a worldwide most any car would be proud to

The MR2 was revealed to the public at the 1983 Motor Show as the SV -3 concept The production model that was in Japan in late 1984 as a model was nearly identical to the prototype.

The U.S. got the MR2 a few months later, as a 1985 model. The only choice was the now-legendary 4A- GE 1597cc, 16-valve powerplant that we had seen in the Corolla GT -S. With a of 7500 rpm and output of 112 horsepower, the 4A- GE pedestrian by modern standards, but in the world of 1985, it was a revelation as as the surprisingly edgy chassis of the MR2 .

Prodigious grip and sporty landed the 1985 MR2 on numerous car” lists across the but that sharpedged handling earned it a neutering from They removed the rear bar from the 1986-and-subsequent models to the tail-happy handling.

Toyota MR2

The first-generation MR2 –frequently referred to by its code, AW11 – remained unchanged mechanically until it out after the 1989 model In 1988 a 145-horsepower supercharged was added, and in 1989 the rear bar reappeared on the supercharged MR2 .

Today enjoy good enthusiast support and better-than-average parts although some bits and are beginning to become precious as age a toll. Good used are beginning to increase in value a more from scarcity collectability–although the former usually the latter at some point. $2500 will buy you a driver and will buy you something that you actually be a little proud of.

And when that 4A- GE ceases to with its 112 horsepower, there’s of JDM and USDM Toyota-sourced swaps a good knowledge base out supporting them.

1985 MR2

layout: mid engine, front-wheel

Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2

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