There was more to the Toyota MR2 than you think, so take a look back at this amazing machine!

Toyota was and still is a synonym for reliability. Some people also remember that, alongside their rather unremarkable economy cars, they also made some pretty epic sports cars. One such car was the Toyota MR-2, particularly the SW20 generation, which combines all aspects that made Japanese sports cars of the 1990s as epic as they are. Although Toyota has given us a spiritual successor to the AE86, in the form of the GT86 and has brought back the Supra name, the brand’s mid-engine sports car is still sitting on the side bench.

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The SW20 generation of the MR2 is the most popular, for numerous reasons. Its design is timeless while being representative of its era at the same time. It has pop-up headlights, can be had as a Targa, and in the 3S GTE-powered version can produce some serious power. It also has a playful chassis and its mid-engine layout earned it the Baby Ferrari nickname.

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Engine: 2.2-liter Inline 4
Horsepower 135 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque 145 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual

The best thing is that the SW20 MR2 is still a very affordable car despite being very sought-after. But while every car enthusiast born between the 1980s and 2000s knows about the MR2, we never really knew what it meant for the car world when it was a brand new car. Luckily, this video from MotorTrend’s YouTube channels gives us a good idea.

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Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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