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Toyota Confirms New MR2

Toyota Confirms MR2 Successor To Sit Next To GT86 & Supra

3/9/17 Toyota Confirms MR2 Successor To Sit Next To GT86 & Supra

Toyota is working on a spiritual successor of the MR2 roadster as part of the company’s plan to have a three-model strong range of sports cars, according to Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada.

This means that a lightweight spiritual successor to the MR2 will be positioned next to the GT86 and the upcoming Supra, with Tada-San saying to Evo that Toyota wants to have the trio in production together “As soon as possible”.

And staying true to the spirit of the last MR2 roadster, the new model will be as light and simple as possible.

With that said though, Toyota is thinking of using some of the hybrid tech found in its LMP1 racers in order to meet the future emissions standards and of course make the necessary connection to its motorsport programme.

This also means that a mid-engine layout is almost a certainty, as packaging a hybrid powertrain is easier. While the MR2 may not be a hybrid from the start, Tada-San says Toyota is “working very hard” to make the hybrid roadster a reality.
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Good news - we could always use more sports cars. Hope it looks better than the last MR2 though (can't really tell from the picture).

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Well, I wouldn't get too excited just yet.

The Toyota guy said he'd LIKE to have another sports car in the lineup...and he never said MR2. That's just what some people are assuming it would be.
And the picture in that article is of the last MR2, not something new.

This article is hopeful, but a lot more sceptical...

A new Toyota MR2? We want to believe

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The rear looks exactly like the last MR2.

The 1991 MR2 Turbo was a killer car.

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The rear looks exactly like the last MR2.
That IS a picture of the last MR2. There IS NO NEW MR2. The Toyota guy mentioned in an interview that he would LIKE to have a 3rd sports car in the line. He never even said it would be an MR2.

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The 1991 MR2 Turbo was a killer car.
I had a 93 turbo. Pretty much the same amount of fun as the Sky...'cept the Yota actually has a useable trunk

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Our trunks are useable. Just need to have the top up.

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If I could edit the subject line I would, since the article is saying spiritual sucessor. But I would think at the very least it will be RWD.
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