The MR2 was a roadster built by Toyota in three very different models with the last one being made back in 2007. Since then Toyota released the GT86 which replaced the MR2 at the same price point but it didn’t really manage to offer the thrills provided by its predecessor. Well, it seems things are about to change as not that long ago a Toyota official said they might be working on a future 2023 Toyota MR2. So far there is still little information available but things do seem quite promising.
More details about Toyota MR2
For starters it looks like the future MR2 might retain the mid-engine configuration of its predecessors. On top of that, it would be sold alongside the Supra and the GT86. This basically means it will cost anything between $25,000 and $55,000 which would put the new model in a class of its own.
Lastly, it seems the new MR2 might be built on Toyota’s highly modular TNGA architecture. This would allow for the mid-engine configuration while not being too taxing in terms of development costs. In fact the new MR2 will likely use tried and tested components which was also the case with its predecessor.
How will it look?
At this point it looks like most rumors suggest the upcoming 2023 Toyota MR2 will share a lot of design cues with the upcoming Supra or the Lexus LFA. These suggest a two-door coupe with a rather long hood which is somewhat unusual for a mid-engine car. However, these rumors also say the car may get a front-mid engine which was the case with the LFA as well.
This type of setup would allow the car to provide a great driving experience while not compromising on anything. Some also suggest a rear-mid engine is possible but this type of setup would mean the car won’t share much with its siblings. No matter the case though it looks like a convertible and possibly a T-top are in the works which would be quite impressive to see. Considering the past we would bet on the second choice but it remains to be seen as to what Toyota will release on the market.
Toyota’s inside source said the car is going to offer a visceral driving experience. However, he also said the car is not going to be missing on the basic commodities. Things like AC, a touch-screen infotainment system and a really comfortable driving position are going to be standard.
A relatively large trunk will likely be offered as well while the materials are expected to be well above those found in the GT86. The design here will likely mirror that of its more expensive sibling, the Supra, with differences to some of the details.
2020 Toyota MR2 Specs
The previous generations of the car came with really diverse engine choices with the last model being equipped with a 1.8 liter mill. It seems the upcoming 2023 Toyota MR2 might make use of Toyota’s well known 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 powertrain. This is currently in use on some of their sedans and it is known to make around 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.
In order to better suit the MR2 the engine is likely going to go through a few upgrades. At this point it seems that the engine may use a variable valve timing system, a direct injection system as well as a centrifugal supercharger. The end result is expected to be right around 250 to 270 horsepower and over 220 lb-ft of torque. This would be considerably more than the GT86 while not putting any pressure on the Supra. This engine will likely be mated to the rear wheels and a 6 speed manual which should complete the driving experience.
|2020 Toyota MR2|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||200 hp/175 lb-ft|
|Transmission||6 speed manual|
|0-60 mph||5.9 sec|
|Top speed||150 mph|
|PRICE RANGE:$25,000 – $55,000
|Competitors:Alfa Romeo 4C,Porsche Boxster|