SOTW: Mk2 Toyota MR2


The second generation of the Toyota MR2 had a rough old time of it in the motoring press. Accused of being both less agile than its boxy predecessor and more likely to punish the incautious with an unwanted pirouette, the Mk2 MR2 was, if not quite vilified, then at least given a mild shoeing.


And yet I've always harboured a distinct longing for the curvy 90s iteration of the Mister Two, and time hasn't dulled my desire. At its launch, many likened its looks to the Ferrari 348 - ironically another car much maligned for its handling. Seen through the prism of the passing years, that comparison seems rather quaint. I mean, could a car look any more Japanese? And the curvy mid-engined coupe definitely has a whiff of exotica about it even now.

Go for a slightly later version and you won't get the unruly handling, either. Toyota brought out a 'Revision 2' in 1992 with revised suspension geometry. Find yourself a Rev 3 and you get a few subtle styling tweaks and a dollop of extra power, too, with 180hp in the later versions as opposed to the 155hp in the earlier cars.


This is almost certainly a 'Revision 2' so, although you don't get the extra poke, there is the reassurance of more stable handling.

There are issues with today's SOTW, mind. The geek in me isn't strong enough to say for sure whether or not this is a UK car (especially without a satisfactory shot of the rear of the car) - though it seems likely - while the advert is painfully short on detail. Especially for a car that has purportedly travelled a pretty whopping 185,000 miles.

But it's got tax and ticket, the vendor says it's just been serviced and has a new set of brake pads. For £895, there's not really much more you can ask of your mid-engined coupe, is there?

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MR2 NON TURBO FOR SALE (£895)
Fantastic little car for the money, new tyres all round, good discs with new pads, just had a minor service.tax and mot. sensible offers welcome.



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  • speedster1950mr2 11 Oct 2012

    Hi had one of these cars for three years 1993 vintage,love the shape,mid-engined,rwd,power steering superb,handling great on mine trackday kept up with a 911 and lotus excige at a slippery Brands.Could do with more BHP but okay,and always gets good comments for looks,T-BAR top great for our english weather.censored

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    nono not on the forums thanks.

    Edited by Big Al. on Thursday 11th October 17:31

  • carinaman 09 Jul 2012

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180919794694?ssPageName=...

    £460 with a year's MoT. Just as well I was distracted before the end otherwise I may have been tempted.

  • Zircon 06 Jul 2012

    T-Bar's were available in Japan with Turbo engines. Just check and see if is a UK car with engine conversion though.....

  • phatmanace 06 Jul 2012

    If I found a T-Bar turbo - was that a combination available from the factory, or would that only have been possible by turbo'ing an N/A T-bar

  • Zircon 05 Jul 2012

    The blue one on the link is a converted UK car (says it in the description) the GTi-16 badge on the back and UK spec side indicators also give it away.

    As for yours - it had the JDM side repeaters so looks like an import, but also has UK/EU front indicator lamps that have white sidelight squares. This might have been put on for the SVA test when imported, but if it was a genuine Turbo with Sunroof then you had a seriously rare car. Perhaps it was a development car?

    Edited by Zircon on Thursday 5th July 12:37

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