The MR2 is one of Toyota’s better-known cars. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued more than a decade ago when it was replaced with a two-door front-engine sports car. While this was great for those looking for a better all-around car, those who loved its purity were left without a choice. Well, the latest rumors are saying this is going to change soon enough. Even though this is still not official, it looks like the car may return with the 2020 Toyota MR2. So far the details are still scarce and most of the rumors haven’t been confirmed. Despite that, the MR2 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting cars to be released by the Japanese manufacturer in a while.
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2020 Toyota MR2 News and Rumors
Now that Toyota is readying the Supra, they need another sports car on their roster. The GT86 is great but it doesn’t offer the power or the thrills of a mid-engine car. The MR2, on the other hand, would solve all of that and it would perfectly slot in between the GT86 and the upcoming Supra.
However, unlike the other two cars, the MR2 is expected to remain a mid-engine car which would be its main selling point.
The car is expected to be based on Toyota’s highly modular TNGA architecture which can easily underpin a mid-engine car
Thanks to the highly modular platform the upcoming 2020 Toyota MR2 is expected to weigh less than 2,500 pounds thus making it one of the lightest in its class. This should assure that it will be a blast to drive and also considerably faster than its cheaper sibling.
While there aren’t any official pictures available, the new MR2 has been rendered according to the latest rumors. The result is rather impressive even though it isn’t official just yet.
The car is expected to share a lot of cues with the new Supra
Expect it to receive a really similar front end with the same type of double-bubble design as the Supra. However, instead of having its cabin far back, the MR2 will get a mid-cabin with similarly long hood and trunk-lid.
The engine will sit right behind the two passengers and thanks to that the car will basically have two trunks.
Expect it to boast an aggressive set of bumpers, possibly an active wing as well as 17 or 18-inch rims wrapped in performance tires. While these may seem small, let’s not forget the car will be smaller and lower than pretty much any other sports car at this price point.
Like its predecessor, the upcoming 2020 Toyota MR2 is expected to have a back-to-basics cabin.
This should give the driver all the information he needs and that’s it. There will be a climate control system and likely a touch-screen based infotainment system. However, the car won’t feature leather upholstery and it won’t come with things like heated and ventilated electric seats.
Toyota is expected to focus on making the best lightweight sports car on the market and in order to do that, compromises will have to be made.
Engine and Specs of 2020 Toyota MR2
We would love to see the 2020 Toyota MR2 is powered by a turbocharged engine with over 300 horsepower. However, considering the price of the car and its intended audience, it is safe to assume this is not going to happen anytime soon. Instead, the MR2 is more than likely going to receive just a single engine choice like most of its predecessor.
The car could receive Toyota’s well-known 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four which has been around for ages at this point. With the help of variable valve-timing as well as variable-timing, the car is expected to offer around 200 to 250 horsepower and as much as 200 lb-ft of torque.
While this may not sound like much, thanks to its lightweight construction, the engine should be enough to get the car to 60 MPH in less than 5.0 seconds and hit a top speed of over 135 MPH.
A 6-speed manual will likely be standard but an automatic, likely a dual-clutch, is a real possibility. Considering its intended purpose, the car will definitely get rear wheel drive as well as a limited slip differential as standard.
According to the latest information, we’ve heard that the new Toyota MR2 arrives as a hybrid sports car, but it’s still just a rumor
Release date and Price
By many estimates, 2020 Toyota MR2 will appear at the Auto Show in 2020, we believe it would be much earlier. Most rumors are saying the car will cost from $40,000 which would be right in the middle of Toyota’s sports cars.
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