Toyota’s Return to the Enthusiast Market with MR2, GT86, and Supra
The cars that have pushed Toyota to the top spot in the global car manufacturing charts over recent years are boring, blunt but honest. Markets change, however, and affordable sporty cars that appeal to enthusiasts are on the rise. Not one to miss out on a market opportunity, Toyota is jumping on the train, and I couldn’t be happier.
In an interview, Toyota engineer and Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada had the following to say about Toyota’s current lineup: “To be honest, we did think it was a bit boring. We hope to have the three brothers in place as soon as possible.” Echoing its line-up of 20 years ago, the heart of Toyota’s new sports car range will once again be ‘The Three Brothers’ – the Toyota GT86, the all-new Toyota Supra and a replacement for the Toyota MR2.
The rebirth of ‘The Three Brothers’ means an all new Supra is on its way, we’ve been teased with this one for awhile, along with a spiritual successor to the MR2 in the form of a lightweight, mid-engine sports car and our beloved GT86 taking the place once held by the Celica. On top of all that goodness will be other performance specials like the Yaris GRMN hot hatch.
The future is looking bright for those of us that are fans of the old Toyota, where performance and fun were among the top priorities. The GT86 is well known to us and might just be the most fun you can have on the road for the price. The BMW-Toyota joint venture Supra, which has been seen testing at the Nürburgring is also starting to take shape, but little is known about the upcoming MR2. If I had to guess, I’d say it will probably look a bit like the S-FR that has been shown in the past (Mazda Miata-like). Regardless, having a small, affordable mid-engine sports car on the road again would be incredible. Now we wait, sorta-patiently, for the bright future to arrive!