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Old 11-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Toyota to Revive MR2 as Hybrid Competitor to Honda CR-Z?

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Ever since Honda announced the CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, there have been rumors going around about the possibility of a corresponding Toyota model. Just to make it clear, we haven't heard anything official, but Japan's Best Car magazine is reporting/speculating/imagining (take your pick) that Toyota may revive the MR2 as a hybrid model called the MR-S to compete with Honda's CR-Z coupe that will go on sale in 2010.

We'll have to wait until some of our Japanese-fluent readers give us all the details from the article, but from what we gather, the MR-S would probably use a specially developed version of the Toyota Prius' hybrid powertrain.



The magazine's article is accompanied by an artist's impression on how the MR-S could like. Judging by the air-inlets at the back, the proposed MR-S most likely features a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

If true, this would make the MR-S a sportier proposal than the front-wheel drive CR-Z.

As we said before, there's nothing official about the existence of such a model, but we can't say that it sounds improbable for Toyota to develop a second sports car after the FT-86, especially if it's a smaller, lightweight hybrid.

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Old 11-26-2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:59 PM   #3
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I don't see Toyota going from none to two RWD small sports cars in a week and a half.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:48 AM   #4
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It would make sense on the basis that the original MR-2 in the 1980's was seen as a competitor to the original CRX series.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:55 AM   #5
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Looks good to me. Hopefully it can make decent power.
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Old 11-27-2009, 11:42 AM   #6
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I don't see Toyota going from none to two RWD small sports cars in a week and a half.
This........It does seem that they are making some positive changes in regards to enthusiast-minded cars, but not this large of a change so quickly.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:39 PM   #7
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yeah, it'll definitely have volks
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:42 PM   #8
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I'll believe it when I see it.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:08 PM   #9
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That "picture" just looks weird, too many different styling ideas blended into one.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:48 AM   #10
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Default Toyota to launch new Supra, MR2

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Toyota is set to lead a raft of Japanese hybrid sports cars with a successor to the MR2 and a reborn Supra. Both are due within the next four years.

Scheduled for late 2013, the MR2 replacement will have a hybrid powertrain based on a 1.5-litre petrol engine. It is the pet project of Hiromu Naruse, Toyota’s chief test driver, who runs the GRMN offshoot (Gazoo Racing — Meister of Nürburgring).

The model was originally going to use a V6 hybrid powertrain, but the success of Honda’s CR-Z in Japan is said to have prompted a rethink.

The Supra successor — previewed by the FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sport) at the 2007 Detroit show — was said to have been canned. But strengthening hybrid sales have earned the model a second chance, so a new Supra — powered, like the FT-HS, by a V6 hybrid powertrain — is back on track.

The model’s development is now running almost in parallel with that of the FT-86. That car, a joint project with Subaru, has been delayed until at least 2013.

Toyota’s hybrid sports models will be joining an increasingly crowded market. Honda is planning its own high-performance hybrid sports car, and Nissan and Mitsubishi are planning to go a step further with all-electric sports cars.

Nissan’s two-door sports EV is said to use the Leaf for key mechanicals and both the Leaf and the Landglider concept for its inspiration. The car is unlikely to adopt the Landglider’s ability to lean into corners, though. It’s due to be launched in late 2014.

Mitsubishi, meanwhile, is planning a two-door sports version of the i-MiEV electric city car by 2012. And, as revealed by Autocar, it is also planning to switch its Evo to a hybrid powertrain.

Mazda is one mainstream brand that seems reluctant to join the pack. Its next-generation MX-5, due in 2012, will employ downsized versions of the firm’s new SkyG engines — possibly 1.3-litre units with turbocharging — but it won’t get a hybrid.
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After all the ups and the downs of the FT-S-123-Hybrid-Hachi-Oops Machine, I'll believe this when it hits a showroom floor and I can actually drive it. Toyota (and Subaru to some extent) has messed with my emotions so badly it rivals on par with the breakup of one of my exes.

Toyota. I'll tell you what I told her: Get your crap together or I am ought of here...

...and two days later I left.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:39 AM   #12
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The better question will be how difficult will it be to yank out the little engine/batteries and stuff the FT-86 DI boxer back there.

...and 2013? Not gonna happen.



Only Mazda (with the MX-5) seems to know what the people who buy these types of cars want.
Cut the weight, don't add batteries.
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Who really cares about a damn small hybrid sporty/sports car? Is there really a need for a Honda CR-Z competitor from anyone? The Honda CR-Z seems like a huge, epic fail of darn car - cost more, performs the same/less, and gets the same/less gas mileage than similar small cars of the past and current lineups from various sources. Heck, the darn new Ford Fiesta will have about the same mpg and performance for much less, with more space, more seats, and more utility. I still can't believe what Honda did with the CR-Z.........
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