Toyota MR2 Turbo
The Toyota MR2 Turbo is also known as the MR2 GT and MR2 GT-S. It’s a mid-engine sports car designed and manufactured by Central Motors, a subsidiary of Japanese car giant Toyota motors. It is a derivative of the highly successful MR2 W10 model. The vehicle is a variant of the MR2 W20 model. Production started in the year 1989 and continued till 1999. The cars were manufactured in the Sagamihara city factory near Tokyo, Japan. It bears a striking resemblance to the Ferrari 348 and Ferrari F355 models. Initially when it was first launched the car was priced at about 20000 USD and later it went up to 30000 USD owing to its massive demand during the middle of the nineties decade.
The sports car was powered by a powerful 1988 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve dual overhead camshaft engine. Of all the versions of the MR2 Turbo, the 240 BHP engine was the most powerful one capable of delivering a torque of 200 lb-ft at 3200 rpm. It had a 5 speed manual transmission along with an Nippondenso electronic port fuel injection system. The 3 way catalytic convertor fitted with an oxygen sensor ensured a very efficient emission system and for this reason only unleaded petrol could be used as fuel. Compression ratio was measured at 8.8:1. Maximum speed possible was about 150 miles per hour. The car was capable of very fast acceleration and could zoom from zero to 100 miles per hour in 16.5 seconds.
The interior was designed as per the ergonomic concepts to ensure a comfortable handling experience and total safety for the driver. The instruments were pretty simple to manage and the electronic dashboard provided real time information about various system parameters. Electro-hydraulic power steering ensured a comfortable driving experience. The seats were upholstered in high quality leather. Even door interiors were lined in suede leather. Safety features like air bags and anti-lock braking were present inside the air and the powerful air-conditioner ensured maximum comfort at all times. Drivers had the option of unwinding themselves by listening to the inbuilt Panasonic music system.
The car was a two door convertible with a seating capacity for two people and featured a retractable T-top sunroof. It had an electric mirror. The body was designed as per aerodynamic principles to maximize speed and minimize drag. Chassis weight was about 1260 kg. The car was about 165 inches long, 67 inches wide and 49 inches was the approximate height. Interestingly, the front and rear wheels were not of the same length and the wheelbase was about 94.5 inches. Powerful fog lights were an added advantage. Ground clearance was pretty good at about 130 mm. The convertible was available in metallic black, silver, crimson red and chrome yellow colors.