Car & Driver Wishing the MR2 was still being made
Very interesting article from US Car & Driver, wishing for the return of 14 of their picks of the greatest motoring autos of all time.
If Robin Williams’ Genie from Aladdin
granted me one wish to resurrect a car that no longer exists, I’d bring back the second-gen Toyota MR2. Sure, Toyota
showrooms currently host a couple of terrific sports cars in the GR86
, but not only does their cross-pollination with other non-Toyota models muddy their bloodlines, but neither has the exotic mid-engine configuration of the MR2. Nowadays, the C8 Corvette
and Porsche 718 Cayman
are the least expensive mid-engine sports cars out there, but reviving the MR2 would give enthusiasts with a lower budget a more affordable supercar look-alike.
Sold in the U.S. for the 1991 through 1995 model years, the second generation of the MR2 offered two inline-fours, a naturally aspirated 2.2-liter with up to 135 horsepower and a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter. The MR2 Turbo is obviously more desirable due to its punchier performance and claimed 142-mph top speed. Plus, it came standard with a five-speed manual, T-tops, and–yes–air conditioning. If the Genie let us make one twist to our wish, we’d ask that the earlier model years come with the updated rear suspension and larger wheel-and-tire combo that was introduced for ’93 to solve an issue with snap oversteer. With this generation of MR2s back on the road, we can all relive the days before bloated curb weights and excessive-tech features, when a twisty road could be enjoyed while listening to '90s hits like Hansen’s MMMBop
with open T-tops. Discontinued Cars We Wish Still Existed (caranddriver.com)