cc 4 cyl variable valve
hp @ 6400 rpm
Depending on where it was sold the third generation of the MR2
(designated ZZW30) went by different names. In the US it was
called the MR2 Spyder, in Europe it was called the MR2 Roadster,
and in Japan it went by the name MR-S.
The new MR2 was lighter than the previous car and was also significantly
smaller than the outgoing model. One of the biggest changes
was the replacement of the solid, T-Top, and sunroof roof options
with a full convertible soft top - helping give the car the
Roadster, or Spyder designation.
Produced from 2000 to 2007 the MR2 Roadster brought a noticeable
styling departure for the model. The previous
generation MR2 was often described as looking like a mini
Ferrari, and due to this many poor, unsuspecting MR2's have
been physically assaulted and turned into Ferrari 'replicas'.
If anything the third generation MR2 looks a little like a low
budget Porsche Boxster
- from some angles. The Toyota MR2 Roadster is however a competent
little sports car in its own right. The car has a compliant
and exploitable chassis which offers the driver an exhilarating
drive without being intimidating.
The combination of a 138 horsepower mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine,
RWD transmission and 975 kg (2149 lb) weight mean that the 0-60
mph run comes in at 7.2 seconds. Top speed is 130 mph.
The chief engineer of the MR2 Roadster/Spyder said of the car;
"First, we wanted true driver enjoyment, blending good
movement, low inertia and light weight. Then, a long wheelbase
to achieve high stability and fresh new styling; a mid-engine
design to create excellent handling and steering without the
weight of the engine up front; a body structure as simple as
possible to allow for easy customizing, and low cost to the
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