Toyota MR2 Model Guide
1st Gen AW10/11 (1984-89)
Toyota fitted the original MR2 with the 1.6 4A-GE inline four engine with 128bhp. This engine had already been used by Toyota in the popular AE86, this gained a lot of positive publicity. It came with a 5 speed manual or an optional 4 speed auto.
In 1986 Toyota introduced a supercharged engine for the MR2, the 4A-GZE. It was equipped with a small roots-type supercharger and a Denso intercooler. It took the power up to 145bhp and 140lb-ft of torque. The MR2 SC also received a stronger transmission, stiffer suspension and was fitted with special aluminium wheels.
2nd Gen SW20/21 (1989-99)
The second gen MR2 underwent quite a large aesthetic change, it was made more rounded and streamlined than its rather boxy and simple older brother. The car was larger and weighed between 160-180kg more than its predecessor.
There many different models introduced to different markets. The European market did not receive the MR2 Turbo, although many models made it to the UK through importing. The majority of cars were fitted with the naturally aspirated 3S-GE engine with approximately 150bhp. It was offered with a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed automatic gearbox.
3rd Gen W30 (1999-07)
The final generation of MR2 was introduced as the MR-S in Japan, the MR2 Spyder in the US, and the MR2 Roadster in Europe.
The new generation of MR2 offered something different than its predecessors, with the most notable change being the looks and the new convertible roof.
The new car was offered with the 1ZZ-FED Inline 4 engine with a power output of 138bhp, a definite drop from previous generations.
It came available with either a 5 or 6 speed manual gearbox. Although there was no automatic option, a 6 speed sequential gearbox (SMT) became available in 2002. The SMT was the only model to be offered with cruise control. Weight dropped to a sub-ton 996kg, which was an improvement from the slightly chunkier 2nd Gen.