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The Toyota MR2 (Midship Runabout abbreviation for two-seater or midengined Rearwheel-drive two-seater) is a small two-seater sports car with mid-engine of the automotive brand Toyota, first introduced in 1983 at the Tokyo Motor Show. The vehicles were manufactured in a factory belonging to the Toyota group company Central Motor.

All three model generations ran between November 1984 and July 2007, there from the tape. In Europe, the MR2 was, however, removed from the program in August 2005.

In France, the pronunciation of the name MR2 would be the word "merde" very similar (Fr. "shit") and the word "Merdeux" (French "Rude Boy"). Therefore it is there only called MR. In the U.S. third model MR-S is called, where the "S" stands for Spyder.

From the MR2 there are now three generations who have only the mid-engine and rear-wheel drive together. The first two generations had pop-up headlights.

In 1976 Toyota began the concept planning for a two-seater mid-engine and the name MR2. Stark was inspired this vehicle concept of European mid-engine vehicles by Lotus, or specifically the Fiat X 1/9, but with the aim to construct a new, technically superior vehicle. The MR2 should combine design and driving characteristics of a sports car with the reliability of an everyday vehicle. For this purpose, use was made of one hand technically proven elements from the Toyota Corolla and combined them with a favorable weight distribution and a sports suspension consisting of McPherson independent suspension front and rear.

The MR2 W1 there were at the end of 1984 as a Targa and Coupe, the Coupe was delivered in Europe with a removable glass roof. The MR2 W1 is known as the Toyota plant shortcuts AW11. The following engines were available:


Rear of the MR2


MR2 with open pop-up headlights

The MR2 W2 gave it as a targa and coupe. Officially, only the following version was sold in Germany: Toyota MR2 (SW20) Targa with the 2.0 liter (3S-GE) engine and 115 kW (156hp) or 129 kW (175hp) or 125 kW (170hp) as a result of more stringent emission standards. All other variants are imported vehicles, mostly from the U.S. and Canada were versions with 150 kW (204hp) and 98 kW (133hp) was introduced. The 204 PS version has a 2-liter turbo engine (3S-GTE Gen. II) with 16 Has valves and intercooler, the version with 133hp naturally aspirated one (type 5S-FE) with a displacement of 2.2 liters.

In the Japanese market further engines were offered from 1989 to 1992, a 2.0 liter turbo engine (3S-GTE Gen. II) with 165 kW (225hp), then with 177 kW (240hp) (3S-GTE Gen III. ) or 180 kW (245hp) (3S-GTE Gen. III). In recent model years, a 2.0-liter VVT-i naturally aspirated engine (3S-GE Red-top gene. IV) was fitted with variable valve timing in the MR2, this made 147 kW (200hp). This engine was never officially offered the MR2 in Europe.

Rear view


Toyota MR2 (1993–1996)

Officially, the MR2 W2 was introduced in late 1989 to the world; in production he remained until September 1999 It gave the following so-called facelifts (which here, "Rev" = revision are called) in its construction.:

After the Tokyo Motor Show of 1995, the future of the MR2 was still in the stars. There were circulating speculation that the tradition of a Toyota sports car should not be continued.

Although still no official decision had fallen, the development team was led by chief engineer Tadashi Nakagawa working to develop a new lightweight sports car, the MR2 roadster. Again, the basic idea of ​​the first MR2, only this time he came in late 1999 as an open roadster on the market.

The four-cylinder engine had a displacement of 1.8 liters (1794cc) with an output of 103 kW/140hp, the sprint in 7.9 seconds0-100km/h. Its top speed of 210km/h

In the spring of 2003 he received a facelift that brought headlights with clear-glass look and modified tail lamps. Motor and power were retained.

Rear view

Toyota MR2 (2003–2007)

The MR2 W3 was built by the end of 1999 to July 2007. It gave him only as a roadster, which was however retrofitted with a hardtop.

In the final (European) model 2005 Toyota introduced a limited edition of 100 pieces special model called Edition S on the German market. Special touches were the Mica paint, 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, a sports rear silencer, leather interior and a number badge on the center console. All accessories came from the house TMG/TTE

Toyota MR2 "Edition S" (2005)


Presented at the Essen Motor Show 2003, Toyota in-house tuner TTE before a turbo kit for the MR2 Roadster. The interest was so great that they decided to launch a small series production. As of 2006, one could be retrofitted his MR2 W3 at TTE in Cologne-Mars village. In this case, the full factory warranty remains. TTE also took care of the maintenance inspection and the necessary entries in the vehicle documents.

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