1986 Toyota MR2

The MR-2 was a revitalization of the mid-engine sports car for the Japanese car market. The name means 'Midships Recreational Two-Seater'. The European and American markets had been producing mid-engine vehicles for many years up to this point, but most of the mid-engine vehicles were higher-end exotic cars which came with a hefty price tag. Toyota wanted in on the mid-engine sports car market so they built the MR2. The MR2 had sports-car roots with its light-weight body, better weight distribution with the mid-engine placement which also improves performance and handling, disc brakes, and a stylish body. So for a fraction of the price, an exotic-type car could be had. Fiat had proven there was a market for this type of product with its 1972 X1/9. The Fiat was produced from 1972 through 1989.

The MR2 was shown to the public in concept form with the name SV-3 at the 1983 Tokyo Motor Show. A year later it was in production form and offered for sale in Japan. A year later it was offered to the rest of the world. Japan had a major hit on its hand. The car was stylish, quick and fun. It was also a very reliable car. When the supercharger option was offered in 1986, dealerships could not keep them in the show-room. In 1991 the second series of the MR2 was introduced. This was a larger version with more curves. The second series was then replaced by the third series.

The vehicles weight was low so the 16 valve twin-cam inline-four engine felt spunky, even though it only produced 112 horsepower. The engine was very responsive and redline could be achieved in less than a second.

The production run of the first generation of the MR2 lasted from 1984 through 1991 during which time 166,000 models were produced.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010

Related Reading : Toyota MR2 History

Introduced in 1984 during a time period of close co-operation between Toyota and Lotus, the MkI, first-generation MR2 was an angular car with a unique look. The MR2 was a designation chosen by Toyota which stood for Mid engine, Rear drive, 2 seater vehicle. If France the MR2 is actually designated Coupe MR. In France, the name is shortened to only the MR, as the name MR2 sounds like est merdeux....
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1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)1,068,321
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)557,981
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)1,068,321
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)1,068,321
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)1,068,321

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