Toyota Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada was recently asked about the future of the legendary sports car, the MR2 which after three generations is retired temporarily. No confirmation is given on its death.
Asked what brand he would like to partner with for a fourth generation MR2, Tada replied that Porsche would be the best choice. Of course, this may just be another rumour launched by the Japanese brand representatives.
But, given that Toyota’s jointly developed projects with competitors have become a common practice lately, and Porsche has huge experience in creating centrally-positioned sports cars, such an alliance seems quite real.
Toyota already has two models created in partnership with other manufacturers. The GT86 coupe, which replaces the Celica model in the market, is produced in collaboration with Subaru for the BRZ sports car.
The new generation Toyota GR Supra which is the biggest impact in the sports car industry this year is made in partnership with BMW’s all new Z4. This model has received a wave of criticism from fans because the Japanese company decided not to use their own production engine in favour of the new Z4’s.
The are rumours that GAZOO’s racing division has confirmed the development of a successor to the MR2 roadster which further strengthens the possible arrival of the fourth generation MR2.
The first ever Mk1 Toyota MR2 was a two-seater, mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car manufactured in Japan and marketed globally by Toyota from 1984 to 2007 over three generations: W10 (1984–1989), W20 (1990–1999) and W30 (2000–2007).
It is Japan’s first mid-engined production car. Conceived as a small, economical and sporty car, the MR2 employed straightforward design elements, including fully independent MacPherson strut front and rear suspensions, four wheel disc brakes, and transverse-mounted inline-four engines.
The name MR2 stands for either “mid-ship, run-about, two-seater” or “mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-seater. Today its value is very high in the collector’s market with prices between RM35,000 to as high as RM60,000.
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