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Toyota MR2 successor (2020): First information about the sports car

Toyota MR2 successor (2020)
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E r said in an interview at Toyota- UK website: 'Akio [Toyoda; Toyota CEO] has always said that the company would like to have three brothers, with the GT86 in the middle and the Supra as the big brother ”. Accordingly, the third model would be a sports car below the GT86, which would then be the size of a Mazda MX-5 as a Toyota MR2 successor on the market.

Three brothers by 2020

Tada had already raised the topic of the 'three brothers' in an interview with the British media in 2017 and hoped to have the three models 'soon' at the start and named 2020 as the latest launch date. However, it is very difficult to build a simple sports car. For the implementation of a battery, a mid-engine concept as in the MR2 would also be “attractive”. At that time, Tada did not want to rule out a pure electric racer, even though the most important element of a sports car for him was its low weight.

Toyota had already given a first look at a possible Toyota MR2 successor and Mazda MX-5 rival at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015. There they unveiled the S-FR Concept study (see photo show). The four-seat sports coupé was 3.99 meters long, 1.70 meters wide and only 1.32 meters high.

That made it 25 centimeters shorter than a GT86. However, its drive layout does not match Tada's mid-engine request: front engine, rear-wheel drive. The engine: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 128 hp and 147 Nm of torque. In addition to the new Toyota MR2, the Japanese will also be launching a new version of the GT86 in 2021.

The Toyota MR2 was built in three generations from 1984 to 2007. The last W3 version of the two-seater, mid-engine sports car with rear-wheel drive was powered by a four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1.8 liters and 140 hp.


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