1992 Toyota MR2 Consumer Review: Poor Man's Lotus Esprit

1992 Toyota MR2 Coupe - Consumer Review

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Poor Man's Lotus Esprit
By David Flores on


1992 Toyota MR2 Turbo 2dr Coupe


The MR2 compares very favorably to my
old 1986 Lotus Esprit in some areas and
far exceeds in others. Build quality is
rock solid. Performance is exhilirating,
switch-gear is of very high quality. The
car's got many nice little extras such
as adjustable intermittent wipers and
one-touch electric windows. It only lags
behind the Esprit is in the styling
department: face it, there's only one
Giorgio Giugiaro. Not to say that the
MR2 is an ugly duckling. It's very
pretty, very cute, and once you swap out
Toyota's ugly 14" wheels (In bought 15"
SSR Competitions) the car develops a
much more aggresive flair. Best of all,
any Toyota dealership in the country can
service an MR2!

Best Features

200 Horsepower & 200 FP Torque, baby! Mid-engined layout. Tight handling.

Worst Features

Put on a set of nice, light (forged) alloy wheels (asymetric preferably). Suspension could be tighter, so upgrade to adj struts lower springs. If you're a HP nut, the engine can be modded to 300 hp easily.
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