Very Rare, Very Clean 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
The Toyota MR2 is a two-seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car manufactured in Japan and marketed globally by Toyota from 1984 to 2007 over three generations. It was Japan’s first mid-engined production car.
Conceived as a small, economical and sporty car, the MR2 employed straightforward design elements, including fully independent MacPherson strut front and rear suspensions, four wheel disc brakes, and transverse-mounted inline-four engines. The name MR2 stands for mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-seater.
Why This Car Is Special
A mid-engined sports car puts its engine amidships, so you reduce inertia at the car’s nose and tail, making it a lot easier for the car to change direction. That’s what produces the responsive and nimble handling characteristics typical of mid-engined cars like the 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder we have here at Skyway Classics.
Our 2002 MR2 had a lot of new parts that year including new front and rear fascias, standard fog lights, power antennae, and color-matched side air intakes, 16-inch rear wheels with larger tires, new seats, slight changes to the gauge cluster and interior, Sequential Manual Transmission and faster shifting, new springs, dampers, and a new underbody brace.
Weighing just 2200 pounds, the Spyder is well served by its 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter twin-cam four, and the sprint from standstill to 60 mph is reported to take seven seconds.
The great black bucket seat interior has room for six-foot-something drivers to nestle in, and visibility is quite good. Also, the manual softtop with glass backlight provides surprisingly good headroom. The wheel tilts and the MR2 has all power options you expect with a great stereo too.
Despite its low weight, the Spyder’s structure turns out to be extremely stiff and is resistant to the shivers and quakes that afflict many other convertibles. The body is also endowed with remarkably good aerodynamics. The drag coefficient is 0.35 with the top up, according to Toyota, but what owners will notice more is the lack of buffeting and turbulence inside the car when the top’s down.
Although the MR2 measures a mere 153.0 inches long, 2.3 inches shorter than a Miata, its wheelbase stretches 96.5 inches, 7.3 inches longer than the little Mazda’s. This reduces any short-coupled snappishness in the car’s handling. The five spoke wheels look great on the car as does the black and red stripping running from the front to the rear on the sides.
This 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder we have at Skyway Classics is sporty, has great styling, and it is a blast to drive. Toyota quality is amazing. Lower the top, and go for a Sunday drive. You will smile the whole time.
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