Junkyard Gem: 2002 Toyota Mr2 Spyder

Junkyard Gem: 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

During my junkyard journeys, I see Toyota MR2s here and there, mostly of the first-generation 1985-1989 type. The final iteration of the MR2 was sold in North America for the 2000 through 2005 model years; sales never matched those of the earlier cars and the few that still exist seem prized by their owners for track-day duties, so I don't see many in wrecking yards. Here's a 2002 model in a Northern California self-service yard.

2002 was the first model year for the five-speed sequential manual transmission in the MR2, and this car has one. Up until that time, those insisting on SMT shifting had to buy a costly exotic.

Matt Farah Experiences A Supercharged V6 Toyota Mr2

Matt Farah Experiences A Supercharged V6 Toyota MR2

Toyota is supposedly planning to revive the mid-engine MR2 but until that happens, a 1993 MR2 owner in the U.S. has decided to build his perfect Toyota sports car.

The most significant difference between this MR2 and pretty much every other is that it features a supercharged Toyota V6 engine, the same basic powertrain used by the Lotus Evora and delivering approximately 300 hp in this application.

One-off Toyota Picnic Sport Turbo With Mr2 Engine Is Not For Your Average Soccer Mom

One-Off Toyota Picnic Sport Turbo With MR2 Engine Is Not For Your Average Soccer Mom

In 1997, Toyota GB took a standard Picnic GL model and outfitted it with the 3SGTE engine of the second-generation Toyota MR2 Turbo. The Picnic Sport Turbo was born and out of nowhere, the one-off has appeared for sale on eBay.

Thanks to the MR2 engine, the Picnic Sport Turbo delivered 210 hp at 6,000 rpm and 305 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm when it left the factory. This allowed it to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and through to a 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed.