Esa Mustonen, from Finland, currently is studying transportation design in Lahti, rendered this Toyota MR2.
The MR2 derived from a 1976 Toyota design project with the goal of a car which would be enjoyable to drive, yet still provide good fuel economy. Design work began in 1979 when Akio Yoshida from Toyota’s testing department started to evaluate alternatives for engine placement and drive method, finalizing a mid-transverse engine placement. Toyota called the 1981 prototype SA-X.
Toyota introduced the first-generation MR2 in 1984, designating it the model code “W10”. When fitted with the 1.5-liter 3A engine, it was known as the “AW10”. Likewise, the 1.6-liter 4A version is identified by the “AW11” code.
1981 prototype SA-X.
At its introduction in 1984, the MR2 won the Car of the Year Japan.
1986 MR2 AW11
As Toyota engineered the MR2 to accommodate a 2-liter engine, its primary features included its light body (as low as 950 kg in Japan)
2007 MRS Spyder last batch with manual 6 speed. 12 year on hope the new MR2/MTS roadster will make a comeback, like the new Supra.