Toyota is getting ambitious with their plans for their sports rides, including the 2025 Toyota MR2. Yes, that’s right. The Japanese auto maker is planning to bring back this mid engine model, packing it up with all the good stuff and high-end technologies. Despite the techs and modern improvements, they are adamant about making their rides affordable.
The Auto Maker’s Plan
It’s safe to say that Toyota has been on fire, especially concerning their sports models. After bringing back the 86, they also revive the Supra and the GR Yaris (the all new type that is intended for European market only). Afterwards, they are focusing on GR Corolla for the US market only. It’s a good thing that each one has proven the company’s abilities when it comes to designing trustworthy and reliable sports rides. They have never disappointed, and we can safely say that loyal fans are satisfied with the outcome.
For the upcoming models, rumors have suggested that the auto maker is planning on bringing back the MR2. If the rumor is true, then you can only imagine how exciting it would be. For loyal auto enthusiasts, the MR2 has been related with good performance and impressive stuff.
About the MR2
In case you don’t know it, the original MR2 was designed as this lightweight and fun (mid engine) sports ride with impressive performance. The car was able to run for three gens before the company decided to cut production off in 2007.
It seems that Toyota has finally decided to revive the sports car for their future 2025 model. It’s set to be different from the other sports rides from other auto makers. Whereas sports rides are always designed to be super pricey and exorbitant in price, the MR2 is designed to be affordable and ‘easy’ to buy. In this way, the MR2 is meant to shake the market by offering completely new and powerful, but cheap, sports ride for a lot of people.
Powertrain and Performance
Toyota has been working together with other auto makers to achieve perfection. When they were making the GT86, they worked together with Subaru. When they manufactured the new Supra, they collaborated with Beemer. For the new MR2, Toyota would be working together with Suzuki with the latter as the engine provider.
The 2025 Toyota MR2 is said to run on three cylinder turbocharged unit with 1.0 liter of capacity, known as the K10C. this kind of engine has been used by Suzuki (and their fleets) since 2015. It’s believed to be the perfect unit for the MR2. This unit is currently able to generate 109 hp and 125 Nm of torque. There is a possibility of (mild) hybrid assistance that will reduce the possibility of turbo lag. It’s meant to deliver smoother driving experience with less engine’s stress.
Despite the ‘sports ride’ label, the original MR2 wasn’t exactly a super fast track-focused racing vehicle. The new one isn’t built to be a racing ride either, but it would be made punchy and responsive. The old ride was only able to deliver 140 hp, while the new one is expected to generate 120 to 150 hp. Again, not so powerful and punchy, but it should be enough. This is another reason why Toyota doesn’t use the three cylinder unit (which they used in GR Corolla and GR Yaris), but again, it’s all about style and look – not about power. But again, we can’t really speculate for sure. Who knows? It’s possible that both Toyota and Suzuki save the best for the last.
What about manual transmission? It’s possible that Toyota is thinking about having one. Although some auto makers may have ditched the manual, Japanese auto makers (such as Toyota or Mazda) still offer the manual transmission. Before, Toyota didn’t provide the manual transmission for their Supra, and they received strong complaints from loyal fans. It seems that the company has finally learned from their mistakes, and hopefully, become smarter this time to offer manual system. We can only wait for further confirmation about 2025 Toyota MR2 later.