Kez Casey | Mar 13, 2017

Iconic performance Toyota’s seem to be the order of the day, with a revived Supra already confirmed and now reports are emerging of a 21st century reboot for the mid-engined MR-2.

The comments come directly from senior Toyota engineer, Tetsuya Tada, who was asked point-blank by Evo in the UK if a return to Toyota’s three-tiered range was possible. Tada’s response: “We hope to have the three brothers in place as soon as possible.”

The three brother’s he’s referring too are Celica, Supra, and MR-2, Toyota’s star-cars during the 1980s and 1990s. In the present day the 86 now takes the place of the Celica as something of a spiritual successor to early rear wheel drive models.

First-generation MR-2
First-generation MR-2

A new Supra is also due to be revealed before the end of this year, with the first preview of what to expect coming in the form of Toyota’s FT-1 concept of 2014. No firm details have been revealed, but twin-turbo V6 power seems most likely, along with the possibility of performance-boosting hybrid technology.

Toyota’s reputation for fun, affordable sport offerings during the 70s, 80s and 90’s flourished before taking a hit during the 00’s with the Celica, Supra and MR-2 all phased out, leaving nothing of note in the Toyota range until the Toyota 86 restarted the otherwise flat-lining low-cost rear wheel drive segment in 2012.

Tada hints that the revived MR-2 will be a post-2020 proposition, adhering to a “simple is best” mantra, despite the ever-mounting complications of passing noise and emissions regulations.

Third and final generation MR-2 Spyder
Third and final generation MR-2 Spyder

He also indicated that “When it comes to installing batteries, the mid ship layout is an attractive one,” meaning that although it may not be presented at launch, a hybrid-assisted model seems likely to form part of the long-term MR-2 plan.

Unfortunately Tada gave no indication as to whether the MR-2 would feature a targa roof, as per the first two generations, a folding soft-top like the final MR-2, or a more rigid and potentially lighter fixed roof, nor was their any comment of how an additional sports car would be positioned, though it seems likely any new MR-2 would fill the price and performance gap between the 86 and the Supra when it arrives.

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