Come On Toyota, Go Ahead And Build A Brand New MR2!

With the all-new Supra about to be unveiled in a few weeks, and the 86 starting to show its age, Toyota definitely has its hands full right now.

Apart from anything else that’s going on, there have been rumors about the MR2 nameplate might be brought back from the dead, probably with a modern powertrain believed to be either hybrid or fully electric, though a conventional internal combustion engine is not out of the question.

With a rear mid-engine/motor layout, like its predecessors, the all-new MR2 could turn out to be loads of fun to drive regardless if it’s powered by fossil fuels or electricity.

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One thing seems certain: unlike collaborating with another automaker, like they did in the case of the Supra (BMW) and 86 (Subaru), the powertrain will be developed in-house. This is seen as mandatory for the car to get that Toyota DNA.

The new MR2 hasn’t progressed beyond the discussion phase. But if it finally gets approved for production, it could arrive before 2025.

While we have absolutely no idea how it might look, a number of renderings by Esa Mustonen reveal a stunning exterior design, with an Alfa Romeo 4C vibe and design cues from the upcoming Supra as well. And while the former is unlikely, the latter makes sense – if it ever gets the green light, that is.

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  • Blade t

    So they won’t build their own supra or 86 ,but they will build their own mr2 ? This isn’t going to happen. .

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      If the MR2 comes back there will likely either be a Subaru version, and the GT86 will be ditched.

      • Krisnadi Imam

        MR2 eh? with subaru under their command, toyota actually easily could do a porsche cayman rip off, but with WRX STI engine, then let say… complies to gentleman’s agreement of stating it as 280HP while actually pumping closer to 330HP?

    • PhilMcGraw

      The original goal of the MR2 was to basically build a fun to drive car that got really good gas mileage. It technically wasn’t supposed to be a sports car. With that being said, you can expect Toyota to take the lead on it since they have more fuel efficient powertrains than Subaru or BMW (although Mazda could have a hand in it but I doubt it since it would compete with the Miata).

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        Honestly, that makes me feel if Toyota wants the next gen MR fast , the Miata will be the twin

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      Toyota developed everything about the GT86 in the development process, before the BRZ was made. Subaru manufactures it and made the engine (for a reason and it’s now what you think), while Toyota added their D4S system on it too.

      By the way, I hope you know that Toyota owns about 17% of Subaru..

      • J. P.

        Actually it’s 20%

      • Krisnadi Imam

        they own the entirety of daihatsu as well… if its price they are after, why not produce it in daihatsu’s plant?

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        What was the reason?

        • SpongeBob99Swell

          1) Development costs and all. (hence Toyota’s D4S system injected onto it still)

          2) Not only was it to tribute the Sports 800 (their first sports car ever built, and which had a boxer engine too, while also this car tributing Toyota’s entire sports car heritage too), but also because it sits very low to the ground, which gives it an ultra low center of gravity which helps with the otherwise top-notch driving and handling characteristics of this car in a nutshell.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            As good a car as it is the engine is indeed the weak point.
            Subs never seem to put out enough torque when na.

          • SpongeBob99Swell

            Hint: It’s the Hachi-Roku (AE86)’s son.

            It was made to be well-balanced, lightweight, extremely fun-to-drive on legal roads and sharp curvy back roads, and with responsive power that you can use all day. I could care less about power in the end. This car has intoxicating handling and a usable and nice sounding rev range. There is only so much power you can use on a daily street, and if you own a powerful car (whether if it’s a supercar, muscle car, etc), you barely get to experience the higher rev range or razor-sharp handling until​ you hit a curvy back road or a ramp on a highway. All of the usable (yet responsive) power all day long it has (heck despite even a 6.2 second time from 0-60 mph), tied with all the structural and mechanical engineering that makes it really fun to drive (being the AE86’s spiritual successor), is why I personally find this car, to appeal to any real car enthusiast out there, and why I love it. In other words, the car was just built to have fun.

            The GT86 was the car that got me into cars, and for many big reasons… and not for nothing. 🙂

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            If you are trying to say it has a 6.2 to 60mph, I am going to have to disagree
            It is 7.6 seconds on any reputable site.
            If you get less, it is modded.

          • SpongeBob99Swell

            7.6 seconds is the 0-60 mph time for the automatic version. The manual does it in 6.2.

            Depends based on modifications if they are actually functional (EG: An aftermarket exhaust system, depending on the engine’s tune, can give on average +3hp/+2tq (heck it could even be more than that).

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Nope. The manual is 7.6 seconds.
            Hey, it handles brilliantly buta Fiesta St gives it a challenge in acceleration.

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  • no25

    great! how long will we wait for this one? lol but for real, this looks really good!

  • Bash

    Nice. It’s so good that Toyota would not build it.

  • ErnieB

    That render is totally wrong! It’s just not ugly enough to be a Toyota!

    • Alx

      haha… exactly my thought!

    • Matt

      It’s based on a Renault concept car.

    • MarketAndChurch

      it looks too good to be a Toyota

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Is anyone else getting Kate Jackson from 30 years ago, coming up on the sponsored links?
    I’m having trouble focusing on the car stories!

  • Tomorrow: Toyota MR2 successor rumored to morph into shooting brake.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      next week: it would be a CUV with 7 seater, PHEV and autonomous drive

    • Kate E

      I cannot wait for the renderings by the usual suspects… Not.

  • Reminds me a little of “the wraith” 1986

  • Tinky-Winky

    Looks very chic.

  • Axel Cortez

    so it can be teased for 5 years and when its out is hideous no thanks

  • Rani

    That render looks too good to be true. But if so it would be awesome.

  • SteersUright

    Stunning rendering. Dont care who makes it or what its called, I’ve yet to see a sports car that beautiful in years.

  • robotlogic

    I must have one of those!!!!

  • alexxx

    This is actually beautiful…

  • Bo Hanan

    Who believes anything in this story? A Supra with 340HP and an MR2 that looks like an exotic? It won’t happen.

  • Kate E

    One thing Toyota won’t build is another sports car because nobody buys them… well only kids playing in Forza.

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