If you are told to remember Toyota’s sportscar, surely you will immediately imagine the JDM legends. From the start of Supra, it was impossible for JDM fans to forget, Celica with its prowess in the 90s WRC, to the legend of the introductory drift car, the AE86 or “HachiRoku.” These cars do have a unique history. But if we tell all of you to remember this mid-engine sportscar made by the manufacturer, the MR2 name will definitely stick out.
Carving the history of the automotive world as the first Japanese car to carry the middle engine position, MR2 also has its own history. Born in 1984, the W10 coded Toyota MR2 comes with three engine options, one of which is the legendary manufacturing engine, 4A-GE. Then continued the second generation who coded the W20 in 1989 and began entering the design language that was quite rounded compared to its predecessor. Then the last generation is the W30 which began circulating in 1999 until mid-2007. This generation is often the one who mistakenly thinks that the MR2 is a Porsche Boxter. From the front, it looks like a glance, but when you look at the back, it’s far different from the German sports car.
It didn’t resume production in 2007, making this car a collection of JDM petrolheads around the world. How not, besides being the cheapest mid-engine sportscar, the maintenance is also not too difficult compared to other mid-engine coupé car manufacturers. Having a lot of fans makes Toyota begin to reconsider the presence of this legendary car. Still in the euphoria of the rise of Supra, news about MR2 finally emerged after a long hiatus from the automotive world.
This news came Blog Toyota Release directly from the mouth of a European sector vice president of sales and marketing, Matt Harrison, who explained everything to the Autocar media. He said that the MR-S, as this car in its home country, had entered the stage of further discussion regarding the appearance of the legendary sportscar. But Matt made sure if the Toyota itself liked the idea of MR2 that would be reproduced. How come I’m happy, what’s the matter? Indeed the appearance of Three The Three Brothers ‘- as Akio Toyoda called Supra, Celica coupé, and MR2 – has become part of his plan. Just need the right time according to the founder of Toyota.
In the near future, Toyota will indeed launch a Supra that has shared a platform with the BMW Z4. Celica has also been represented by the appearance of the latest 86, although we prefer if the name of this car continues. Only the smallest sibling is left, the MR2, which cannot be ascertained the existence of the newest generation. But official news from Toyota says that MR2 will become an electric car.
All because of Toyota New Global Architecture, which does accommodate powertrain for an electric vehicle (EV). In addition, Toyota also thinks that the battery will fit to be placed behind the driver like a mid-engine car. Toyoda’s recognition also strengthens this electric MR2 because of its plan to continue producing zero emission cars at affordable prices but also has fun to drive aspects. Until now, Toyota itself has focused on making the latest generation of MR2 more compact, low-maintenance, lightweight, fun and environmentally friendly.
Will later Toyota be sharing the platform again like the older brother? This is indeed an attractive choice because it benefits both manufacturers. We will see the next episode of the emergence of the Toyota MR2 mid-engine sportscar, likely to emerge in 2020 because currently Toyota still has quite a lot of EV lines. Is it possible that this car will take the form of the 2015 Toyota S-FR concept? Are you one of the people waiting for the presence of this compact sports car?