• Please Don’t Let This Be The Next Toyota MR2

The concept is just too cute to be a sports car

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By now, everyone out there knows that Toyota has big plans for the future: going all electric by 2035 is the company’s main focus. In fact, we’ve already seen 16 new concept cars that preview this future: SUVs, trucks, sports car, sedans, will all go electric. One concept that caught our attention though is a yellow one that is supposed to preview the long rumored MR2 successor.

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And, if this is indeed the next MR2 we have two problems with it.

Firstly, why do all automakers think that electric cars need to be cute? Whatever happened with aggressiveness? I mean yes, the concept car does have some futuristic lines to it, and some cool headlamps that for sure won’t make it to production, but in general, it has such a "cute" feeling to it that it almost looks like something my five-years old niece will proudly drive along the alley.

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And secondly, and probably the most important part. We do understand that when you bring back a big name you are supposed to take over from where the predecessor left. But, when we are talking about the MR2, Toyota should have taken a few steps back and taken its inspiration from the first generation MR2. Instead, the concept looks inspired by the third generation - a design that actually killed a big name. So, why would you want to take over from there? Plus, that a design inspired by the first generation MR2 would take us back to our first issue: the aggressiveness. We feel that if the concept was to be inspired by the first generation MR2 it would have had a more angular design, more pronounced lines, and would have also been a little bit more aerodynamic. And isn’t that what a sports car should be all about?

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
Alina Joined the Topspeed.com team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with Topspeed.com ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics.  Read full bio
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