Launched in 1989, the second-generation of Toyota’s popular mid-engine, real-wheel-drive two-seater immediately drew styling comparisons with the Ferrari 348. While it didn’t pack the power of its thoroughbred rival, it was certainly fun to drive and adequately fulfilled the Japanese marque’s goal of producing a small, lightweight, economical, and above all, affordable sports car.
Where the Mk I had majored on agility, the larger, heavier second-generation MR2 went for outright power and supercar looks. A simple wedge design had morphed into curvaceous styling that wouldn’t have looked out-of-place on an early 90’s supercar catwalk, complete with prominent rear wing and aggressive intakes.
However the Mk II MR2, known by its ‘SW20’ chassis code, didn’t just talk a good game. When armed with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 3S-GTE engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, this Ferrari-alike was capable of a 145 mph top speed and acceleration that propelled the 2,700-lb car from 0-60 mph in a measly 6.2 seconds.
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