Toyota is one of the brands working on the electric sports car of the future. Toyota itself plans to launch 30 new EVs by 2030, but it continues to consider hydrogen energy as part of its future. The MR2 was a core part of Toyota’s line-up from 1984 to 2007. However, it has not been included in Toyota’s lineup since then. In late 2021, Toyota unveiled a new sports EV in a big announcement about its future. And it looks a lot like the electric MR2, which we think is great.
What we know about the electric MR2 so far
Rumors of an MR2 revival have been around for quite some time. These rumors were further fueled by the know-how Toyota Gazoo Racing gained in recent years with the GR Yaris and his GR96. This new electric sports car could very well be his Gazoo Racing flagship in action. This will also ensure the future of the Gazoo Racing division, which is most notable for its achievements in endurance racing and rallying.
The new concept we saw has a distinctive mid-engine styling. Very similar to the MR2 last seen in 2007. The car’s proportions were also unusual for a concept. They looked like they could be easily transformed into production vehicles. There’s no firm news about the future of this car, but it suggests that Toyota is already very close to finalizing the shape of the car. However, the electronic architecture that fits inside his MR2 is completely unknown.
What drives the resurrected MR2?
Toyota is doubling battery efficiency and investing heavily in its E-TNGA architecture. The MR2 itself was a rear-wheel-drive layout car with perfectly optimized weight distribution. However, his EV architecture at the moment can only be found on front- and rear-wheel drive machines. On top of that, we believe that the E-TNGA structure will be the base for the completely dedicated structure of the new sports car. This should allow Gazoo Racing to really work its magic. This is better than simply taking over existing structures for cars that can’t use them properly.
No real word yet on the power behind the car. Nor does it describe what exactly the architecture will look like. When the concept was first revealed, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said it would be an EV for “car fans that certainly won’t disappoint.” Mr. Toyoda himself is a big fan of cars, and he doesn’t just approach Toyota’s work with a business vision. The GT86, GR86, GR Yaris, and of course the resurrected Supra show this. Toyota definitely knows a thing or two about making cars that we enjoy driving.
Toyota has a great track record
This is a track record that few companies are proud of. The GR Yaris was understated when we first saw it, but turned out to be an absolute revelation in recent years. The GR86 itself is still a great little sports car, and the Supra just got better with the addition of a manual transmission, and this electric MR2 has the Gazoo Racing stamp on it and is sure to win. The best electric sports car on the market? It can be done.
100% great sports car
It may still be a few years away, but the electric MR2 is certainly exciting. Yes, there is no roar as it does not have an ICE engine. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. And the fact that Toyota has brought a new sports car in the midst of the electric revolution is still great news. We still have a few more years to enjoy the GR Yaris, GR 86 and Supra. We believe this will benefit everyone. Take back MR2. I got a new Toyota sports car. And it will show the world that electric cars can be really exciting and fun to drive.