Toyota MR2 could return as an electric sports car
Toyota has been know to have three main sportscars in their line up since the early 1980s, and they call them 'The Three Brothers'. The three cars in question were the Supra, Celica and MR2. Currently, we have the GT86 and eventually, the new Supra. This means the MR2 is missing from the line up.
However, this may change as Toyota is currently discussing how they would fit the MR2 into their current line up. Some people reckon that the next MR2 will be similar to the S-FR concept that was revealed back in 2015, a concept that was inspired by the S800 front engine, rear wheel drive sportscar from 1965.
Enthusiasts wouldn't warm to the idea of a front engine'd MR2 so another idea was to create is with a platform-sharing venture with another company. This can either be a petrol-hybrid mid engine model or something that is pure electric. I'm not trying to call the cards here but if the next MR2 were to share platforms with the next Lotus Elise, that would be pretty incredible.
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An electric MR2 would be cost effective among other benefits. The greater packaging flexibility of the battery-electric running gear means that the highly adaptable Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is designed to accommodate EV powertrains, could form the basis of the next MR2.
Thanks to the smaller size of the electric motor means that it would be located behind the car’s two seats, like the engine placement in the original MR2. The battery would be placed below the cabin floor, thus allowing a low centre of gravity, and the car’s relative simplicity should lower overall development costs. Range is likely to be less of an issue in a car like the MR2, as a low-cost, low-weight electric sports car could be marketed as a fun, environmentally friendly, short-distance commuter car.
So you want one, right? Well, you better get saving as the next MR2 won't appear until 2022 at the earliest. This may seem long but that time would be used to develop the car, refine battery technology and more importantly, make it a fun EV. I would expect a concept to come in the next 12-18 months if Toyota decide to make a new MR2.
What do you think?
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