Class of ’86 & Toyota MR2 | Hemmings Daily

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Class of #8217;86 #8211; MR2

So far, we#8217;ve done a good job of profiling cars appeared on Car and Driver#8217;s 10 Best for 1986 in our Class of 1986 The Audi 5000CS. the Ford (its Mercury twin, the also appeared on the list), the Accord. the Lincoln Mark VII the Porsche 944 Turbo. and the Saab Turbo all warranted a nod from Car and that year. So as we come the home stretch for the Class of series, perhaps we should the rest of the cars on that one of which was the Toyota MR2.

Contrary to rumors that to this day, the MR2 (its an acronym for either Mid-engined 2-seater or Mid-engined Rear-wheel-drive 2 did not come about as a direct of an abandoned Lotus project. Lotus did indeed explore the of a mid-engined sports car powered by a four-cylinder and build a single of the M90/X100, that project ran in to Toyota#8217;s work on a small,

runabout, initiated by Akio in the late 1970s.

Lotus#8217;s Roger Becker did to the suspension design of the MR2, but by all Toyota derived the MR2 directly a couple of its own concept cars, the and the SV-3, the latter of which at the 1983 Tokyo Motor The MR2 in production form bowed in 1984 in Japan and February in the United States, powered by the 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a port dual overhead-camshaft, 16-valve that was good for 112hp.

A five-speed manual transmission or automatic backed the engine, and the light weight (2,350 to pounds) gave it zippy enough to earn it Motor Import Car of the Year in 1985. For the model year, Toyota fiberglass ground effects for a appearance, but deleted the rear bar on North American versions. the next few years, Toyota add a 145hp supercharged version of the and T-tops to the MR2 before replacing the W10 MkI the redesigned W20 MkII in 1990.

There is a dedicated following for the Two here in the United States and #8211; always a good of collectibility #8211; and with the Car and stamp of approval, the MR2 is all but a shoo-in for the of 1986. But tell us: Would you add one to garage dedicated to vehicles 1986? Or would you pass on an MR2 for else #8211; perhaps its the Pontiac Fiero ?

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