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  1. -T.
    March 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

    Never liked this style as much as the first gen cars, but it still would be a ton of fun.

    • CMiller
      March 9, 2020 @ 4:06 pm

      Yeah, 1st gen cars looked way better. I saw one of these leaving Toyota HQ last week that looked and sounded ready for the track. It had a huge carbon fiber wing (not my favorite look) and the engine had a real nice mechanical sound to it.

    • DailyTurismo
      March 10, 2020 @ 5:10 am

      Toyota HQ in Austin? We (here in SoCal, SouthBay LA to be precise) used to see all kinds of manufacturer plated cars from Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan, Ford, Mazda, GM…etc…but with Nissan, Toyota moving to cheaper locales…not so much anymore.

    • CMiller
      March 10, 2020 @ 2:24 pm

      Toyota has a new corporate HQ in Plano, TX, in the JC Penney business park. Lots of their high end stuff rolling out of there. LC500s, new Supras, lots of crew cab Taco 4x4s and the occasional LFA. I've been tempted to try and jump ship there but I'm pretty cushy where I'm at.

  2. Unknown
    March 9, 2020 @ 6:52 pm

    This is basically an inexpensive Lotus Elise. It's more of a track car, and a very good one I assume. The first 2 gens had decent truck space for their size but this has zero. The 1988 supercharged one is my favorite. Looks like a 1970s Italian prototype. These are great cars for $$.

  3. hugh crawford
    March 9, 2020 @ 9:34 pm

    I hear that 2zz swaps are pretty easy on these

  4. hugh crawford
    March 9, 2020 @ 9:43 pm

    I met someone who referred to his MR2 as Mr. Knee – Mr. Ni actually but said out loud it sounded about the same to my ears.

  5. ABikePeddler
    March 9, 2020 @ 10:07 pm

    I am biased in my comment but I prefer the first gen MR2's of which I have owned 7 (6 Supercharged and 1 NA). Not being as fast as the second gen turbos actually makes them a little less threatening and thus a bit more fun. The second gen turbo will pull 148 mph which puts it in pretty serious company for its era and it's snap oversteer in the early versions can be a bit intimidating whereas the first gen cars can be hustled around at semi-legal speeds without you worrying about calls to the Po-Po. They are smaller, lighter and just an absolute hoot to drive not to mention look to be solid in terms of future demand.

    • DailyTurismo
      March 10, 2020 @ 5:12 am

      7. 7 first gen MR2s. Dang. You didn't learn your lesson the first 6 times!?? šŸ™‚ The only first gen MR2 I've driven was a 24 Hrs of LeMons car with a Kawasaki superbike engine mounted amidships and shifted with a sequential dog-box…so I'm not sure what a basic MR2 first gen drives like. I did consider buying a 3rd gen MR2 Spyder when they were new.

  6. doctordel
    March 10, 2020 @ 2:14 am

    I never thought of these as particularly italianate but I can see it if I squint…

    The first gen was and always will be the OG but it was the second that drew my lustful gaze time and again. These always seemed a bridge too far for the brand and a wee bit effeminate compared to the first two.

    • NoCo FoMoPar
      March 12, 2020 @ 2:22 am

      I think you mean 'Italianesque'. Then you don't have to squint quite as hard, especially if you are having a good carbonara with a chianti.

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