Here's a Pristine 1988 Toyota MR2 In Depth Review

1988 Toyota MR2 1 photo
Photo: screenshot from Youtube/edited by autoevolution
OK, this might be the best and most complete review of the classic Toyota MR2 you can find on the Internet, all thanks to Youtube user and enthusiast Saabkyle04. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and gaze upon the “curves” of the ‘80s compact sportscar.
For starters, the first generation Toyota MR2 went into production in 1984 and managed to win the Car of the Year Japan award in the same year thanks to its angular origami-like shapes, superior handling and lightness combined with a small but efficient engine.

The car was offered in three engine choices, all being inline-four cylinder units - a 1.5-liter making 83 hp, a 112 hp 1.6-liter and later they added a supercharger to it to crank 145 hp.

Along the years

In 1986, the MR2 received a T-bar roof in Japan along with a revised transmission, color-keyed bumpers, side strips and side skirts, optional leather interior while the anti-roll bar got discontinued on North American model.

A year later, the supercharger model got introduced in Japan, mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The T-bar roof was made available in the US and Europe, the rear suspension and brakes got enhanced and the car also got some minor visual tweaks.

In it’s last two years, the compact finally got available with the supercharger in North America, along with a rear anti-roll bar, while the incandescent third brake lamp got replaced by an LED strip integrated into the rear spoiler.

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