Report – Is Toyota rekindling the MR2 nameplate? image

We already know that Toyota I extensively working with BMW for a new sports car – and the rumor mill just keeps calling it the new Supra. But how about the Japanese brand bringing back the MR2 sports car as well?

Well, if that happens, the company would have a proper sports car family consisting of three models – the MR2, the 86 and the Supra. Well, if these new reports that hint at the company looking to add a third sports car to its range in the near future are true, some fans will surely rejoice. The tip comes from Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada, who suggested the third member of the sports car lineup next to the Supra and 86 might very well be the MR2 successor enthusiasts have been calling for. Tada commented in a recent interview that at the heart of the lineup will be “Three Brothers,” an homage to the original Supra, Celica, and MR2 we got back in the 80s and 90s. Production is even expected “as soon as possible.”

The model would also keep the spirit of the original, unlike the 86 which has almost nothing to do with the Celica – the new entry-level sports car would be a no-frills, lightweight roadster with a mid-mounted engine and a manual gearbox. But the reports are going even further as to saying it will take a page out of the Supra book and use some form of hybrid technology.

Via Evo