Your New MR2 Dreams Could Come True

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.

Specifically, the Supra and MR2 routinely top lists of most-missed vehicles and are consistently the subject of comeback rumors.

Toyota brought us the 86, which has quenched some of the thirst for Toyota sports cars, but continued rumors of a reborn Supra (with BMW bones) keep Toyota fans salivating for more.

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.

Things are looking up for a renewed battle of Japanese sports cars. Now we just need to hope those rumors of a new Honda S2000 are true…

Wouldn’t you love to test-drive a new MR2, MX-5, and S2000?


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  1. Larry Tominberg… You just made me stop regretting my recent purchase of a 1989 MR2 which is in near immaculate condition with just 52K original miles. I bought it because I believed it would rekindle the memories of my 1986 MR2 I bought on Guam while I was in the Navy. The news of the HP bump for the 2019 MX-5 gave me some buyer’s remorse. But when I read the list of awesome cars you’ve owned and your glowing words for the MK1 MR2, you made me feel immediately better. Thank you.

  2. I have owned many wonderful and sometimes exotic cars including 2 NSXs, 3 Porsches, a Lotus Elise, 2 BMW ZHPs, a Mazda Miata, but for pure driving involvement and simplicity, the first generation MR-2 was my favorite, and the 2nd generation turbo was a close second. I have owned 7 MR-2 over the years, including 4 generation one MR-2s including and SC, and three generation two MR-2s, two NA and one turbo. For me, the first generation MR-2s with non-power steering handled as well or better than my NSXs and Elise and was more comfortable than either of them. I’ve often wondered why Toyota never built a slightly larger MR-2 coupe that would look like a baby LeMans Prototype. I hope Toyota’s new iteration of the MR-2 isn’t like the 3rd generation which hoped to put a dent in the Porsche Boxster market, but failed. I’m hoping Toyota comes up with a no-nonsense driving machine with enough power (maybe turbo charged) and incorporates that great handling prowess of generation one to perhaps sway even the most diehard Miata fan. Lastly, I hope they avoid as much as possible the current demand for all that computerized gimmickry and those unnecessary electronic toys. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. LT

  3. Toyota launches a comeback! Sports cars from the 1980s or 90s are way better and surely could deal in the long run! Thanks for sharing this!

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