If you are a car enthusiast, you are most likely familiar with the Toyota MR2, a sports coupe produced from 1984 to 2007 under three successive generations. Emblematic vehicle of the brand, it was then also available as a convertible, while its name means Midship Runabout 2. Equipped with an engine installed in the rear central position, the legendary Japanese car is still very popular with enthusiasts and collectors today, while many enthusiasts are pleading for a return in a more modern version. An idea that had not really displeased Toyota, while one of the leaders had even announced that they would like to partner with Porsche to design a new generation of the coupe. A statement that had not failed to speak, while a return of the Japanese sportswoman is expected with firm footing. In the end, that shouldn’t happen right away, as the brand had later announced that the rebirth of the coupe is ” not a priority “. Cold shower for fans.
It must be said that the firm already has a lot of sports in its range, between the GR Yaris and the Supra, not to mention the new GR86 just unveiled. The arrival of a new high-performance model would then probably not be justified, while the manufacturer is also subject to very strict standards in terms of CO2 emissions. Suffice to say that it is not tomorrow that we will see the mythical MR2 return to the range. This did not prevent the talented independent designer Rain Prisk from imagining what this new generation could look like, if it was reborn in 2021. Enough to give Toyota some ideas, and make us dream at the same time, with very futuristic lines, inspired by the very first generation, with its aggressive features, straight from the 1980s. This time, no feux « pop up » as on the original version, but very fine optics, giving the impression that the real lights are hidden under the body. The front bumper is embellished with a blade giving a sporty air to the whole, while the fog lights are integrated into the large grille.
A neo-retro design
In profile, the car is also very successful, with a neo-retro line at will, which instantly takes us back forty years to the golden age of sports coupes. Note the presence of side air intakes located just in front of the wheels, as well as the deliciously vintage black stripe. The rear was not imagined by the pro of the graphics tablet, but we imagine it very sporty, as suggested by the discreet spoiler extending the silhouette of the coupe. The sloping roof and the small glass space also contribute to the assertive style of the car, which would not do at all task on our roads. One detail does bother us, however: the possible establishment of a electric motor under the hood, which would then be totally in tune with the times, and not really impossible. Because if Toyota then relied on Porsche, the brand could benefit from the know-how of the German manufacturer in this area. The result would then be rather nice, the Stuttgart firm having proven its skills with the ultra-dynamic Taycan.