The second-generation SW20 Toyota MR2 has a bit of a killer reputation, supposedly impossible to buy, difficult to own and more than a little challenging to drive. We linked up with the owner of a pristine low-mile 1991 Turbo who has not lift-off oversteered into a tree and went over some of the misconceptions and little-known features about the car. 1. Those Vents, Unlike On Just About Every Other ‘90s Car, Actually Go Somewhere That’s an air intake on the driver’s side and a route to the intercooler on the passenger side for this turbo car. Take that, Mustangs. 2. You Can Actually Fit In It (Unlike A Miata) Plus Your Stuff In Its Two Trunks If you are too tall for a Miata, fear not. The SW20 is roomier than you’d think for a little 1990s two-door, plus there’s acres of legroom. And a trunk plus a frunk. 3. The T-Tops Have Their Own Cute Little Pouches Lots of hardcore car enthusiasts hate t-tops for compromising structural rigidity of their to-be track … [Read more...] about Five Things To Know About The Toyota MR2 Turbo
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An Arizona mechanic named Nick Dawson just scored the “barn find” of the century: a 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo with less than 1,500 miles on the clock. But getting the car wasn’t easy, because it had been stolen from the dealer 25 years prior. Dawson told me over the phone that he was at work one day in Arizona when he finally decided to take a closer look at a white MR2 that had been sitting around the shop since he’d started there three and a half years prior. The car looked dusty, the paint underneath looked rough after years under the Arizona sun, and the interior was toast. But despite the car’s flaws, the mechanic—who was looking for an efficient vehicle to give his 300,000 mile 1998 Chevy K1500 Z71 a break—asked the shop owner about trying to have the car titled. “Have at it, but it’s gonna suck” the owner allegedly told him. According to the mechanic, the car had been towed to the shop in Buckeye, Arizona in 1999, and, … [Read more...] about How An Arizona Mechanic Scored A Stolen 1,461 Mile 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo For $500
Few mainstream Japanese sports cars are as desirable and evocative as the Toyota MR2 Turbo, particularly in its second generation. You can therefore imagine our amazement when we stumbled upon the story of a Reddit user purchasing a mint and barely driven 1993 MR2 that was sitting at a garage for just $500. Redditor buckeye_silverado claims that this white MR2 was sitting at the shop they worked at for the past couple of years. Upon further investigation, the enthusiast discovered from the shop owner that the sports car had actually been dropped off in 1999 because it wouldn’t run. For some strange reason, the driver of the MR2 Turbo couldn’t be contacted ever again and the car was left to sit at the shop for almost 20 years. The plot thickens… As the car had just 1461 miles or 2,351km under its belt, the Reddit user did exactly what any revhead would. He asked the shop owner if he could purchase it. After some digging, it was discovered that the MR2 Turbo had … [Read more...] about Guy Buys 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo Garage Find With 1,461 Miles For Just $500!
Looking for a good SW20-generation Toyota MR2 on Craigslist is a tough job, as it’s a virtual minefield of failures and sadness. But this bright blue one built by Prime Driven isn’t. It’s a little gem with 270 horsepower at the crank, and here’s how they did it without blowing up. Mr. Regular of Regular Car Reviews once owned a first-generation Toyota MR2, so he knows exactly the Craigslist woe he speaks of here. Too many owners try to add more boost without upgrading the flimsy head gasket or the inadequate stock intercooler, which then leads both to fail. So, he showed us this nicely modded 1991 example from Prime Driven to explain how to do it right. Prime Driven—a shop that specializes in MR2s and Toyobarus—has this very car up as a giveaway on their site right now, just in case you’re looking for one. It’s all very tasteful and subtle in a way that your usual Craigslist find isn’t. Tein coilovers and larger, staggered Enkei … [Read more...] about How To Boost A Second-Gen Toyota MR2 Without Blowing It Up
Garage Baby is how the seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe MR2 Spyder affectionately describes his car. We’ll just have to see if its price means that this baby’s got backing. Only the good die young, or so we’ve been told in musical manner by Billy Joel. I don’t really know which song as I’m not all that much a fan of the Piano Man. Still, I’d like to appropriate and tweak those lyrics for our purposes and note that only the good sell fast. Yesterday’s 1987 BMW 325is seemed pretty good, as did its $6,000 price. At least it took home a solid 58-percent Nice Price win, which was pretty good. It also apparently sold, as the ad was removed by the seller just as we were getting underway. Perhaps we’ll have more time to appreciate today’s 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder, a model that I think seems to go under-appreciated. Toyota’s MR2 line encompassed three distinct editions. They got progressively more capable and aggressive … [Read more...] about At $5,750, Could This 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Be Your Baby?
Jun 15, 2018 | Toyota Like many agile sports cars from the late 1980s and early ‘90s, the AW11 Toyota MR2 could use some improvements in the power department, especially if you’re racing. Forum member krautastic is attacking that problem with brute force. He’s transplanting a V6 into the rear of his 1986 MR2. How does it fit? It’s a little like hammering a round peg into a square hole. But armed with a saw and lots of ideas, krautastic is making it happen. Join Free Join our community to easily find more Toyota news. Comments View comments on the GRM forums You'll need to log in to post. Log in KqQDM07xB3v6m8Mk2ZlzIab5CBdPzSkK … [Read more...] about Your Projects: A V6 Toyota MR2 Rallycrosser?
Once upon a time, couples used to go off for dirty weekends with no more luggage than a few items of clean underwear and a couple of toothbrushes. It could be that the designer of this week's Shed, a W30 Toyota MR2 Roadster, or Spyder as it was more excitingly called in the US, was into this type of outing himself, because he didn't bother including any cargo space in the dinky little convertible's layout. Well, that's not strictly true: you could ram some underpants into the gaps around the under-bonnet spare wheel, and there are two lockers behind the seats that were big enough to house a few real spiders. But if you Google 'the least practical car ever made', chances are the W30 MR2 will be right up there with the top hits. To create more luggage capacity you could simply bin the spare wheel. The 15-inch-wheeled MR2 wears 185 tyres on the front and 205s on the rear, so you've only got a 50 per cent chance of puncturing the right tyre anyway. This is an early example, effectively … [Read more...] about Shed of the Week: Toyota MR2 Roadster
The GT1 era was a golden age of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Manufacturers were required to have roadgoing versions of the race cars, which, of course, led to as many rules being bent as possible. It saw the introduction of some of the wildest road cars that the world ever saw, and since only one car needed to be built for homologation, manufacturers went nuts. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below One car that competed at Le Mans during this time was the SARD MC8-R. SARD, short for Sigma Advanced Racing Development, is a Japanese tuner and race team that was aligned with Toyota. The MC8-R was a heavily modified MR2 with a twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8 under the hood. It had 600 horsepower and looked the part, but in 1995 and 1996 it was up against some of the toughest competition Le Mans had ever seen.The MC8-R didn't stand a chance against cars like the McLaren F1, 911 GT1, and Viper GTS-R. In 1995 it retired on lap 14, in 1996 it finished second to last. That's too bad, because it looked … [Read more...] about The SARD MC8 Is the V8 Toyota MR2 You’ve Never Heard Of
The original MR2 Turbo has a reputation for snap oversteer from the factory, so you can imagine how sketchy an example with 872 horsepower at the wheels would be. Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire found out personally on a race track in Texas so we don't have to.This SW20 MR2 was assembled by ATS Racing, and features the shop's full catalog of upgrades. That includes a fully built engine capable of 1000 crank-horsepower through the use of a 2.3-liter Camry block and a Precision 6265 ball bearing turbo making up to 45 psi of boost. There's also upgraded CV joints, an upgraded twin-disc clutch, and a Wilwood big brake kit. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below On track, Farah finds the MR2's speed almost too much to handle, even for the open track. He manages to overheat the brakes after a few laps simply because he was going so fast. Even though MR2s are light, there's only so much the brakes can handle.Watch for yourself as he tries to tame the mid-engine beast. … [Read more...] about A 1000-HP Toyota MR2 Is Too Much Car, Even for the Track
Although 2017 was a great time for racing games, something rather strange was brewing in Japan.When Turn 10 revealed the Forza Motorsport 7 car list, the roster from one manufacturer seemed rather short. Turn 10 later confirmed that there would be no Toyota road cars in the game.It seemed odd, until EA announced the line up for Need for Speed: Payback. Yet again, no Toyota road cars. In fact, with the exception of the GT86, Toyota had no road vehicle presence in any of 2017’s racing games.Just last week the tide turned, with the v1.11 update for GT Sport. This brought two stunning classics from the Toyota production stable: the 1967 2000GT and the 1997 Supra RZ.With it looking like Toyota’s road cars are coming back — to GT Sport at least — we’re taking a look at what we’d choose to add, if it were up to us.Toyota GT-One Road CarLet’s get this one out of the way first. It might be the most insane road-going Toyota ever, or … [Read more...] about The 12 Awesome Toyota Road Cars We Want to See Back in Racing Games