If I were to ask a hundred people what car they’d most like to see return as a new model, I bet at least half would mention one of the Toyota sports cars from the 1980s and 90s.
Things got even more interesting over the weekend as Toyota, at the Geneva Motor Show, seems to have suggested it could return to its past of making affordable sports cars.
In Geneva, EVO spoke with Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the 86, who indirectly hinted at the prospect of a new MR2. According to the magazine, Tada admitted that a third model will join the sports car lineup.
Toyota hasn’t officially announced anything, but let’s apply some deductive reasoning to this revelation.
Toyota, in the past, had a lineup of three sports cars. They were the flagship Supra, the mid-engine MR2, and the tasty little Celica. We already know a Supra is on the way. The 86 fills the spot the Celica once held, which leaves just enough space for the MR2.
What we don’t know is if the new sports car will carry the legendary MR2 name or be something entirely new that attempts to fill the MR2’s shoes as a spiritual successor.
Evo said in its article,
The confirmation of a compact, MR2-sized car is fantastic news for driving enthusiasts, and should at last mean some competition for the Mazda MX-5 in the segment. It isn’t clear exactly what form this car will take, though it could be similar to the Toyota S-FR concept revealed at the 2015 Tokyo motor show.
Wouldn’t you love to test-drive a new MR2, MX-5, and S2000?