Toyota Sports Cars: The Past, Present, and Future

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Toyota Sports Cars: The Present, and Future

When you of Toyota these days, the sports car isn’t necessarily the thing that comes to But back in the day, Toyota was dabbling in sports car technology a lot than you’d think. would have mistaken for Porsche or Ferrari, but it was more than today. At the behest of CEO, Akio Toyoda, has been slowly but surely back into the sports car as evidenced by the outstanding Scion and some future cars in pipeline. Here, we’ll you a brief history of Toyota’s cars, as well as a quick to the future.

The Sports 800, known as Yota-Hachi, was Toyota’s production sports car, and was in from 1965-1969. Only 3,131 of these vehicles was and it never made its way over Japan to the United States. a 49 bhp two cylinder engine, the Sports 800 can a top speed of 97 mph and an 18.4 second mile, all while getting on open road driving! The 800 was also on the forefront of sports car at the time, with its revolutionary top (predating Porsche’s version), aluminum and steel body a horizontally opposed two-cylinder and unbelievable fuel economy for today!).

We’ve actually written our very own Sports 800 that’s at Wellesley Toyota, so feel to come by and check it out in our showroom

Like the Sports 800, the was a limited production vehicle sold and produced in Japan. produced by Yamaha and manufactured 1967 and 1970, the 2000GT put Japan on the automotive world as it showed Japanese manufacturers produce a sports car to rival the big from Europe. As the first supercar, the 2000GT is a highly after collectible with 351 regular production versions and sells at auction these for as much as $375,000!

The car feautures clean lines and a smooth as well as the large plexiglass driving lamps that at its relation to its older brother, the Sports 800. At just from the ground to the highest of the roof, the 2000GT was extremely low to the and this really conveyed its and athletic personality. 2 custom models were built for the Bond film You Only Twice . but these styles made it to the production version.

The 2000GT’s engine is a 2.0 liter that produced 150 hp and enabled the car to hit a top of 135 mph, all while getting The 2000GT was also featured in the world, as it came in third in the Japanese Grand Prix and won the 24-Hour Race in 1967.

probably not considered by everyone to be a sports car, the Toyota deserves a spot on this since it did begin as a rear-wheel car that emphasized styling and enjoyment and was a significant player in World Rally Championship back in the 1970s. The Celica has through tons of design but the most significant was its shift rear wheel drive to wheel drive and the addition of a engine in 1985. Although the recent mode,l with its styling and high-revving engine, back memories of the Celica’s origins, it eventually lost out to low-priced sports cars the Subaru WRX.


The name MR-2 comes the car being a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive 2 sports car. Produced in iterations from 1984-2007, the MR2 its legacy by being a small, sports car made for purist

The first generation MR2 was in production 1984-1989 and was praised for its innovation, and engine. Available with a 1.5L or 1.6L engine and an light body (as low as 2,350lb in the the first generation MR2 could go mph in the mid to high 8 second range.

The generation MR2 (shown here) was redesigned and was often referred to as a man’s Ferrari. Although 350-400 pounds heaver the previous version, the second MR2 had a 2.2L or 2.0L turbocharged which allowed the Tubo to go in 6.1 seconds.

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The third generation was known in the US as the MR2 Sypder, and was geared towards a crowd. Bearing a striking to the Porsche Boxster, this of the MR2 sported a 1.8L straight-4 capable of putting out 138 hp and giong mph in 6.8-8.7 seconds, depending on the option. At just 2,195 this MR2 was the lightest of all the generations. in 2004, Toyota announced the end of MR2 and sales due to tough competition and a of sales, with production in 2007.

The Supra is the most of Toyota’s line of sports even having its very own until 1991. Initially off the Toyota Celica, the Supra traces a lot of its design back to the The engine is an inline 6-cylinder which was very similar to the

The last generation of the Supra, the IV, was in production from 1992-2002 and the inline 6-cylinder engine before. The American turbocharged had an upgraded engine that the power output to 320 hp, which go 0-60 mph in a blistering 4.6 seconds. despite its rank as one of the iconic cars of its time, its high tag of around $70,000 made it the popular. Despite this, a lot of are waiting and hoping for the next of the Supra to arrive.

Scion FR-S/Toyota 86

And now to today. The FR-S (known as the Toyota 86 the US), is Toyota’s current day wheel drive sports developed jointly with It’s name meaning Rear-wheel drive, Sport, the car has tracing back all the way to the Toyota 800 and the Toyota 2000GT.

With a four-cylinder boxer front-engine, the is capable of putting out 200 hp and can go 0-60 mph in 6.2 The design was inspired by the 2000GT’s profile and sleek lines, and is a beautiful and sporty looking car Toyota’s line of more and family oriented vehicles. The version has an MSRP of $24,955 and the version has an MSRP of $26,055.

Toyota has certainly kicked sports car development into gear with the FR-S, but definitely not stopping there. President Akio Toyoda has said he wants to inject excitement and identity into the and they’ve already approved for the successor to the Supra (check out the art!), as well as a possible to the MR2 which will be priced the FR-S. With FR-S going brilliantly, its just a of time before Toyota out with its next great car.

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