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TOYOTA READYING MR2, SUPRA SUCCESSORS

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TOYOTA READYING MR2, SUPRA SUCCESSORS

By Drew Johnson

Toyota’s lineup is currently without a sporty offering, but that will likely drastically change in the coming years. We already know a production version of the FT-86 concept is in the works, but a new report reveals Toyota is also working on new versions of the company’s MR2 and Supra models.

Thanks to the initial success of Honda’s CR-Z sport hybrid, Toyota is moving forward with a replacement for its former MR2 model. Toyota originally designed the MR2 replacement to use V6 hybrid system, but has now settled on a 1.5L four-cylinder hybrid unit to maximize efficiency. No word if the new-age MR2 will borrow a platform from Toyota’s existing lineup or forge new ground, but expect the car to arrive in dealer showrooms in 2013.

Also on the horizon for Toyota is a modern interpretation of its former Supra model. The Supra successor – which was previewed by the FT-HS concept – has been an on again, off again project within Toyota, but is now being developed alongside the FT-86.

The new Supra will adopt the V6 hybrid system left behind by the MR2, promising excellent fuel economy to go along with its sports car performance. The new Supra is still a ways out, though, with a launch date not expected until late 2013 or early 2014.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/toyota-readying-mr2-supra-successors.html

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loki    289

a 1.5L MR2?! it better be really light weight, or with forced induction. ...6 speed?

why don't they use at least the corolla's 1.8L with some sport tuning?

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FR-S is really a successor to the '80s AE86 generation Corolla SR5 RWD hatchbacks, an entry level sporty car. Back in the '80s, they had the RWD Corolla coupe and hatch, Celica, MR-2, and Supra. Nice to see Toyota trying to build fun cars again rather than just dull FWD appliances.

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