This is the Toyota MR2 Turbo, a seriously special analog sports car. Today I’m reviewing this MR2 Turbo, and I’ll show you all the many quirks and features. I’m also going to get behind the wheel of the MR2 Turbo and show you what it’s like to drive.
source.image: Doug DeMuro
Conceived as a small, economical and sporty car, the MR2 uses simple but effective design elements, including an inline-four engine, transversely mounted in front of the rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes, and fully independent coilover suspension – MacPherson strut fronts and Chapman strut rears.
MR2 Turbo with a turbocharged 2.0L 3S-GTE engine producing 200 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 200 lb⋅ft at 3,200 rpm of torque, offered only with a 5-speed M/T offered solely with the T-bar roof after early 1993.The US market MR2 Turbo model was able to accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds and finish the 1/4 mile in 14.7 seconds.
Differences between the normally aspirated and turbocharged models include the “Turbo” emblem (US) on the rear trunk, ‘TWIN CAM 16 TURBO’ decal above the side intake (Japanese market), a fiberglass engine lid with raised vents, fog lights, and an added interior center storage compartment located between the two seats. All SW20 MR2s came with a staggered wheel setup, with wider wheels and tires in the rear than in the front.