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Toyota MR2

With its snappy gemlike gearbox, and enchanting the Toyota MR2 didn’t feel an amalgam of off-the-shelf parts. But corporate kit car was from Toyota, drew on excellent components and how to use them.

MR2 means Mid/Rear 2-seat. Japan’s first production automobile went on in the United States in 1985 as an ’86 model but was born in the 1970s with Toyota for sports-car possibilities in existing When its popular Corolla was reengineered for front-wheel drive, it had the blocks.

Corolla’s transverse four-cylinder and transaxle were lifted and put in a unitized coupe hull; the car’s front strut and disc brakes were at both ends. All U.S.-market had the twincam version of the 1.6 liter seen in the rear-drive Corolla coupe. Steering was rack-and-pinion and need power assist, the front/rear weight distribution of percent.

Critics disliked the styling, but the MR2 was a of efficient packaging and satisfied vital sports-car criteria by no larger or heavier than Its cabin was snug but surprisingly and loaded with practical features, such as tilt and power mirrors. Leather, air and power windows were

Few modern cars made drivers smile so much. The loved to rev — it had to for best — but was so smooth and willing, and the so quick and precise. ( Car and Driver in tabbed the MR2’s gearbox and layout as the world’s best.) levels were reasonable and the car was tossable, with dreaded over-steer surfacing only at cornering speeds. All that and reliability, no

wonder the first MR2s at over sticker.

The first MR2 wasn’t really but it was plucky. Its twincam engine to rev, worked through a gearbox, and teamed with nimble independent suspension. models were faster but not any fun.

When demand Toyota tempted the fickle with optional automatic removable T-tops, a spoiler and for 1988, a supercharged model had 145 hp and did 0-60 mph in seven seconds. Low and low cost, high fun and high cars like the original Mr. Two often surface, much emerge hot to trot right the parts bin.

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