Project development of sports car MR2 began in 1976. The prosecution of design and technical descriptions of new model started in 1979 from the serve of leading engineer of brand of Akio Yoshida that suggested placing the motor of transversal in the middle undercarriage. First prototype with average motor arrangement of SA-X was made in 1981.
Mass production of first generation this compact average motor coupe first for Toyota began in 1984. This name is Toyota MR2.
In 1989, the producer produced the special version of model of Super Edition that was equipped by a powerful motor 4A, GZE, had the system of steering management from Momo, arm-chairs from Recaro and other sporting options.
The second generation of this coupe appeared in 1989. He it was quite not look like a predecessor both the design of basket(the envenomed tongues asserted that a design had been Â«lickedÂ» off with Ferrari 348 and 355) and technical descriptions and sizes.
Unlike previous generations, the third generation of Toyota MR2 was equipped by only one petrol engine by volume of a 1.8 L. (138 hp), that worked with a few types of transmissions. Base was 5-step Â«mechanicsÂ», the European version of model was equipped 6-step Manual CAT. Also was in a line-up 6-step sequential Gearbox. The drive of car is back.
The design of salon of Toyota MR2 in exactness corresponds to sporting style are the pedals and handles of doors, lever of CAT, located on the center of device panel tachometer, sporting, covered by the perforated skin helm, finished by an aluminum.
Complement this sporting ensemble of arm-chair with the expressed lateral and lumbar support. Practical rectangular form a central cantilever contains management organs the climatic system, radio-recorder, sliding glass-holder. On the originally bent central tunnel on a rise the selector of CAT is situated. A salon is finished by materials Â«under CarbonÂ».
Competitors constantly reproached the designers of Toyota in borrowing of one or other elements for MR2. This fate and third generation of model did not go round, whose form of basket was very similar with such at presented in 1996 Porsche Boxter.
Unlike a previous generation, the third generation was produced in a basket cabriolet, and was the first among competitors (Porsche Boxter, Mazda Miata, Honda S2000), that had back glass with heating. But similar lines with German roadster at MR2 were really present are large three-cornered headlights Â«under a hubcapÂ», air scoops on the sides of basket, mechanism of stowage of roof and other shallow details.
The special originality the stern of car differed in - a massive back bumper in overhead part had a narrow trapezoidal vent opening, and in lower is a wide diffuser.