Midship Express, a unique driving experience
初 The first MR2 born from a novel idea of reversing the 80 Series Corolla / Sprinter chassis back and forth.
The revolutionary 2-seater sport that broke the image of the "midship = ultra-luxury sports car" until then, and had a strong impact around the world.
The MR2, the first mid-ship of such a domestic production car, was fully remodeled in October 1989 and evolved to the second generation [SW20].
The biggest topic is that the car class has been improved.
Compared to the predecessor, the dimensions are 220 mm in length and 30 mm in width.
It is said that this is a change to achieve a relaxed and elegant silhouette and rich surface composition.
In addition, the texture has been enhanced along with the style that has a strong presence as a midship sport.
パ ワ ー The power unit has been changed in accordance with the expansion of the body.
The predecessor AW11 was 1.6L and 1.5L, but the SW20 is equipped with a 2L inline 4-cylinder DOHC turbo 3S-GTE type and the same NA 3S-GE type.
The former has a maximum output of 225ps due to the adoption of a twin entry ceramic turbo.
The latter is equipped with a variable intake system and a stainless exhaust manifold, and achieves both the power of 165ps and the feeling unique to NA.
The suspension follows the four-wheel strut from its predecessor.
However, the dimensions, rigidity, layout, and other aspects of the components were all redesigned to make the suspension compatible with the powered-up engine.
The wheelbase has also been extended by 80 mm, and the tires have become different in size.
Equipped with the newly-developed electro-hydraulic power steering "EHPS" has greatly improved the ease of handling in everyday use.
All models have genuine leather steering wheels, shift knobs and handbrake levers to enhance the texture.
All MT vehicles are genuine leather shift knobs, and the vehicles covered are equipped with new ones stocked by the owner.
It is a rare option at the time of the dealer's option.
It was changed to 15 inches by a minor change [Ⅱ type] in 1991.
Hachimaru Hero May 2019 vol.53 [All the contents in the article are as of the time of publication]