The Japanese manufacturer, in the last period, has made a fair number of fans happy marketing the GR86the Supra with manual gearbox and the Corolla GR. Cars of a certain caliber which, in an era that aims at electrification and the “leveling” of certain aspects, appears to be a more than surprising move. However, what Toyota lacks is one compact two-seater car perhaps with a canvas roof or with the alternative license plate; a sort of Mazda MX-5 or Fiat 124 Abarth, one everyday solution but with low consumption and management costs.
In the past Toyota had us delighted with the MR2, for three generations, a car that could now return to the market in a completely new guise. Already last year there were rumors of a possible return with Porsche, as technical partner, but now the story seems to have taken a different turn and could be helped by Suzuki. In the past few hours, a mysterious page has appeared on the Toyota Australia website regarding a possible replacement of the air conditioning system of the new MR2. Sure it could be a spare part dedicated to a past generation, however it seems very unusual for a page of this type to appear for a car that went out of production in 2007. Furthermore, this section of the Toyota site does not usually contain information for older models, but only references to solutions currently on the market.
If all this were to be true and then testify to the arrival of one new Toyota MR2, we could see the debut of a really interesting solution. Given Toyota’s GR range, it is reasonable to speculate how it could be powered; easy then to imagine a propulsion system inherited from the GR86 with about 220 horses, rear-wheel drive and mid-engine. Who could be there rival principal? Definitely not Porsche given the powers involved, more likely Mazda with its Miata fourth generation of 184 horses which, however, as we suspect, it could be renewed in the course of 2024 while maintaining rear-wheel drive, manual gearbox and a “pure” engine with almost no electrification. If Toyota’s desire is really to undermine Mazda in sales, we can expect a price of around 30-35 thousand euros. We just have to wait for more information.