The 1990 version of the MR2 was further improved with more refinement and power, and with a turbocharger attached to the 122ci (2-liter) 16v four-cylinder unit, output was 200bhp (149kW) and 200lb ft (279Nm) torque, making the car more like a mini Ferrari. Yet the engine remained very useable throughout, thanks to a variable induction system, and of course being a Toyota, it was ultra-reliable. All the power was put down by capably by a limited-slip differential. The 1990 MR2 Turbo used MacPherson struts and anti-roll bars front and rear, and to overcome twitchy handling experienced on earlier models, later cars were fitted with both taller tyres and fatter rears, which worked well with the 42:58 front/rear weight distribution. The car was very controllable even in hard acceleration out of corners. Vented discs all around meant braking was also superb, with no fade under heavy use.
Toyota MR2 Turbo Specifications
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