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Toyota MR2 Roadster (Spyder)

Toyota MR2 Mk3

Year (of specifications) 2005
Engine 1794 cc 4 cyl variable valve
Transmission manual
Max speed 130 mph
0-60 mph 8.0 seconds
Horsepower 138 hp @ 6400 rpm
weight 975 kg

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 consumer."

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