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Car reviews - Toyota - MR2 - Spyder convertible

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For its third iteration Toyota completely redesigned its MR2 sports car

Toyota logo29 May 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

WITH the third generation MR2 Toyota has significantly changed the direction of its small sports car. Yes, it remains a two-seater with mid-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, but the MR2 Spyder is the company's first car designed from the outset as a convertible and the first Toyota with a sequential shift semi-manual transmission. Significantly lighter and cheaper than its predecessor, the Spyder offers real competition to the iconic Mazda MX-5 drop-top.
Model release date: 1 October 2000 to 1 March 2006

Previous model

Toyota MR2 Coupe

Released: March 1994
Ended: December 1999
Family Tree: MR2

The second generation MR2 was a stunning looker, but let down by an entry price that had marched beyond $60,000 by the end of its life. Three versions appeared - the coupe, the Bathurst and GT. All were powered by a mid-mounted 2.0-litre engine that produced 125kW and 186Nm.

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