Check out this beefed-up Toyota MR2 running the quarter mile at 180 mph!

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When it comes to lightweight and affordable sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 is probably the first vehicle you think about. But the Toyota MR2 is an equally interested option, mostly because it features a mid-engined layout. Unlike the Miata, the MR2 is no longer available, having been discontinued in 2007. This didn’t stop a drag racing enthusiast from turning an old MR2 into a drag strip monster. Meet the fastest and most powerful MR2 ever.

This Is, Probably, The Fastest Toyota MR2 In Existence
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This second-generation MR2 might not look all that special beyond the skinny front wheels and the fat rear tires, but it hides a monster of an engine under the rear hood. The mill powering this unlikely dragster is a Honda-built K20, which the Japanese manufacturer has been offering in a variety of cars since the early 2000s. But it’s no regular Civic engine either.

Packing an incredible 1,200 horsepower, the four-cylinder pushes the MR2 beyond its limits and toward record numbers on the drag strip.

It’s not something you’d expect just by looking at it, but this thing needs less than nine seconds to run the quarter mile and crosses the line at an amazing 180 mph. How is that possible? Well, this 10-minute video from That Racing Channel will tell you more about it.

Toyota MR2

Car for Sale: Unbelievable, Must-See 1986 Toyota MR2 Exterior
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The MR2 nameplate was introduced in 1984 as a mid-engined, RWD sports car. Called the W10, the first-gen model was produced until 1989 with a selection of small-displacement four-cylinder engines, with the most powerful generating 145 horses. A second-gen model, the W20, followed from 1989 to 1999 with 2.0- and 2.2-liter engines. In the United States, the MR2 Turbo featured a turbocharged four-cylinder mill good for 200 horsepower.

2000 - 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder
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The final iteration of the MR2 was produced from 1999 to 2007, this time around as a two-door convertible. The W30 is often viewed as a competitor for the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The third-generation was offered with just one engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, rated at 138 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. Depending on transmission choice, the MR2 W30 could hit 60 mph in as quick as 6.8 seconds.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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