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Toyota MR2 Roadster engines, drive and performance

2000 - 2006 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

It is a 1.8 with 138bhp, which hardly seems adequate these days but it’s enough to make the MR-2 plenty quick enough. To get the maximum performance, you have to work the engine and gearbox – proper sportscar stuff.

A limited-slip differential provides the traction control, and despite the mid-engined layout it’s pretty secure thanks to lots of rear end grip. Steering is sharp and it’s extremely agile on the twists. Delightful to drive. With the roof down, you will notice some body flex.