Toyota MR2

Toyota MR2 Returns…Maybe

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Toyota and Subaru could be working on a mid-engined born-again Toyota MR2 replacement

Toyota seems to be in the habit of bringing its famed sports cars back from the dead. It’s recently revealed the all-new Supra which shares a host of technology with BMW and now its rumoured to be developing an MR2 replacement with partner Subaru.
Remember the MR2? It boasted supercar styling on a beer budget. Mid-engined and often beautiful to behold the last MR2 was a convertible version, which was last sold in Australia in 2005.

Toyota and Subaru’s joint efforts with the 86/BRZ have been rather successful and there is speculation swirling that they’re working on another sports car, which could wear the MR2 name.

The next generation 86/BRZ twins will be powered by Subaru’s new 2.4 litre Boxer four – found in the new Ascent SUV – which leaves room for a sportster with a smaller engine. Speculation is surrounding the 1.6 litre turbo from the base Levorg, mated to a hybrid system. Combined power? 300hp or 223kW.

Toyota MR2

MK2 Toyota MR2

It’ll be interesting to see if such a car or driveline comes to fruition, as Toyota needs ensure that the new MR2 doesn’t steal sales from the four-cylinder Supra, if that makes it Down Under.

Toyota MR2

MK3 MR2 Spyder

That said, though, there’d be nothing stopping Subaru selling their own version. Time will tell.

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The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.