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●“Toyota mid-engine sports car” has not appeared since 2007
●Judging from the concept car and patent application, it may actually be launched
●Like a physical car! It seems that the MR2 concept car will actually be launched
It is not surprising that the BEV car appeared with this design
Toyota MR2 is a sports car manufactured and sold for two generations from 1984 to 1999. It is also the first commercial car of a Japanese manufacturer to adopt a mid-engine layout.
Production ended in 1999, and production of the successor MR-S (overseas car name: MR2 Spyder) was also discontinued in 2007. Toyota never launched a mid-engined sports car after that.
But for the Toyota GR brand, which has successively launched attractive sports cars such as the GR Yaris, GR Supra, GR86, and GR Corolla, it may only be a matter of time before adding a mid-engine sports car.
In Toyota's patent application for an integrated body structure in late January 2020, it is stated that the body structure is composed of a variety of resins with different degrees of heat resistance.
The purpose is to ensure that it can be equipped with a battery or a high-temperature engine, and the Toyota concept car "Sport EV" released on December 14, 2021 should use this carbon fiber to make a one-piece body.
The Sport EV is one of the vehicles in Toyota's "Lifestyle BEV" series, and Toyota also hinted that the car may be launched by the GR brand.
The Lifestyle BEV series, including the Sport EV, is expected to go on sale in the next few years, so some people think that the Sport EV will become the successor to the MR2.
Finnish designer Esamust made the CG image of the MR2 concept car.
The CG image captures Toyota design elements, which are quite realistic, and are quite realistic in terms of concept cars.
The double-ridged roof and the ducktail-shaped spoiler design are the same as those of the GR Supra, and there is not much sense of incongruity for the GR family sports car.
In the case of a BEV, there is no need for a large grille to cool the engine, like the bZ4X, for example. The MR2 Concept also adopts a design with fewer body holes. From this, it can be known that it is designed with BEV as the core.
The president of Toyota said that "it will be real on BEVs", and it is almost certain that the sports brand GR will also launch BEVs in the future.
Maybe you can expect the debut of "GR MR2".
Original source:Toyota's midship sports revival? Will the MR2 be the GR brand's first sports BEV?
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