Supra successor may be all-electric sourced from Tesla; MR2 returning too?

Supra successor may be all-electric sourced from Tesla; MR2 returning too?

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota , Tesla , Electric Rumors of a revival of the Toyota Supra and MR2 have been swirling for years right up until just this week when high-level Toyota employees all but confirmed their return. But now The Detroit Bureau has put together news from different sources suggesting that the next Supra might be all electric. The report cites recent comments from Toyota senior executives hinting at plans to work with Tesla on a new joint project. The FT-HS Concept (shown above) seems a logical inspiration for a new Supra. And on the other side of the equation is Tesla’s design chief Franz von Holzhausen who was quoted last year saying his company was looking at its next project, probably a sports car, that would follow next year’s intro of the Model X . He went on to suggest the car would compete directly with BMW’s 3 Series , which, in coupe form, could be a worthy competitor to a Supra as well. Such a sporty, up-market car could easily take advantage of the Model S platform while the electric drivetrain would fit with what Toyota’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada says is an effort to balance a green image with products that offer “driving fun.” Last week , Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company was already working on “a few other variants of the Model S” that would be “pretty exciting.” Toyota’s Tada says there’s no target date for introduction of either a Supra or MR2, but he would expect development to take up to five years to engineer the pair and for the Supra to take priority over the MR2. Supra successor may be all-electric sourced from Tesla; MR2 returning too? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Dad disapproves of son’s 530-horsepower MR2

Dad disapproves of son’s 530-horsepower MR2

January 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Videos , Toyota , Humor Reaction vids certainly aren’t in short supply. Whether it’s a mom screaming her head off during a hot lap of Laguna Seca , a little boy freaking out over the silent rush of acceleration in a Tesla Roadster , or a wife screaming expletives at her husband in Italian during a Sunday spin in a Honda Civic Type-R , these candid-camera-style videos are usually good for a few laughs. More recently, the meme has been slathered with sex appeal to attract even more eyeballs. There’s this well-known example , plus someone on YouTube who just has pretty girls ride shotgun as he takes them for a ride. We like it best when the passenger’s reaction is honest and unscripted, though. Like this example, in which a son takes his father for a ride in his pride and joy: a 530-horsepower Toyota MR2. Shot back in 2010, it’s not new, but we’d never seen it before and still get a kick out of the father’s response. Take a trip with Dad after the jump to see for yourself. Continue reading Dad disapproves of son’s 530-horsepower MR2 Dad disapproves of son’s 530-horsepower MR2 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:01:00 EST.

eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged is minty fresh

eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged is minty fresh

October 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Auctions , Toyota We have no qualms admitting that we miss the first-generation Toyota MR2 . The spry little mid-engined racer was proof that you didn’t need a summer house on the cape to enjoy a perfectly balanced, lightweight sports car. Of course, with its accessible price tag, it’s no surprise that very few MR2 models survived without encountering substantial neglect or abuse. That’s what makes this supercharged, 1989 gem particularly attractive. With a shave under 22,000 miles on the odometer, all of the factory paperwork and accessories, this machine is bone stock as close to mint as you’re likely to find in the wild. The seller is the original owner and says that he’s sending the MR2 on its way because he’s focusing his efforts on maintaining a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that he also bought new. Different strokes for different folks, we guess. If you’ve got $20,000 lying around with nothing better to do, you can pick up the the 1989 Toyota MR2 in South Windsor, Connecticut at its Buy It Now price, or you can just bid in hopes you meet the reserve. Head over to eBay Motors for more information. eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged is minty fresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST.

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