2025 Toyota MR2
Toyota says the fourth-generation MR-2 will come out sometime in 2025. The Japanese automaker is known for working with other automakers to create sports cars from the ground up.
Yamaha was responsible for most of the high-performance models of Toyota and Lexus over the years.
2025 Toyota MR2
Toyota has also teamed up with BMW and Subaru lately, but the MR-2 will be built with help from Suzuki and Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu.
Both car companies are known for high-performance vehicles, implying that the MR-2 will be affordable.
The MR2 was last sold in 2007. So it’s been almost 20 years since the mid-engine Toyota appeared. The first MR2 W10 debuted in 1984 and was produced for five years.
The W20 arrived in 1990 and ran until 1999. The last W30 came out in 2000 and ended in 2007. Each subsequent generation became a little bigger.
It should also be noted that the W20 MR2 does not have the typical proportions of a mid-engined car. It looked like an ordinary coupe with an engine in front.
The only sign is the vent behind the door. A potential design based on rendering has all the nuances and proportions of a mid-engined sports car. It resembles a Lamborghini Hurrican but is about the size of a Gallardo.
Unfortunately, some affordability will come from the choice of machine. While it would be nice to see the GR Yaris and GR Corolla 1.6-liter turbo-three in a small mid-engined sports car, Toyota opted for the 1.0-liter turbo-three, featured in many Suzuki models.
The 998cc engine typically packs 109 horsepower (81.3 kilowatts) and 125 pound-feet (170 Nm), but 150 horsepower figures have been cited.
Since Toyota aimed to make the new MR-2 affordable, hybridization was impossible. Forbes also mentioned a six-speed automatic torque converter for the upcoming MR-2, and a six-speed manual is also expected.
Regarding the chassis, the MR-2 will be based on the GA-B platform, which underpins the regular (non-GR) Toyota Yaris.
Development costs will be split between three car manufacturers, with Suzuki providing the engine and Toyota the basic architecture and front suspension.
At the same time, Daihatsu is expected to develop an overall styling, which will then be adapted for various brands.
Daihatsu is wholly owned by Toyota, which also owns a 4.9 percent stake in Suzuki, so Toyota had a major role in developing the MR-2.
In conclusion, the 2025 Toyota MR2 will be an attractive and affordable mid-engined sports car, offering a fresh look at the iconic model.
With a targeted starting price of $25,000 and a release date in late 2025, MR2 fans have a lot to look forward to.