A rumor has appeared on the Web about the possible return of the iconic Toyota MR2. The sports car receiver will allegedly receive a 395-horsepower engine. The novelty may be shown as early as 2024.
According to Japanese profile site Spyder7, Toyota is gearing up to revive the MR2. To be honest, this sounds too good to be true because automakers are increasingly investing their money in EVs or crossovers and SUVs rather than high performance cars.
The report claims Toyota is seeking a project partner as part of a strategy similar to working with Subaru on the 86 and BMW on the Supra.
In particular, it is reported that the Japanese brand may be in talks with Porsche and Lotus, which sounds too good to be true.
Power is claimed to come from a plug-in hybrid system. Spyder7 says a 2.8-liter or 3.0-liter mid-mount V6 will also be part of the setup. The total power can potentially be between 345 and 395 horsepower.
The same publication reports that the revived MR2 resembles the Toyota Alessandro Volta concept (pictured). This model was shown at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show.
Predicted price will start at 6 million yen or $ 52,700 at current exchange rates. By comparison, a Supra in Japan costs 4.995 million yen, or $ 43,800. If true, it means the MR2 could take a position in the automaker’s current lineup one step above the Supra.
According to Spyder7, the revived MR2 could debut as early as 2024. Although this date means that the project should already be in development.
In 2020, Toyota Motor Europe’s executive vice president of sales Matt Harrison said bringing the MR2 back “was not a priority” at the time.