Released date : 1984/ 6/ 8

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Grade 1600 G-Limited_G_5-speed Manual Transmission 1600 G-Limited_G_ECT-S 1500S_5-speed Manual Transmission
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Curb mass(kg) 950 980 920
Dimensions Length(mm) 3925 3925 3925
Width(mm) 1665 1665 1665
Height(mm) 1250 1250 1250
Wheelbase(mm) 2320 2320 2320
Engine Engine code 4A-GELU 4A-GELU 3A-LU
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, OHC
Displacement(cm3) 1587 1587 1452
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/130/6600 -/130/6600 -/83/5600
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are AW11(1600), AW10(1500).
The MR2, which stands for midship runabout 2-seater, was Japan's first mass-produced compact passenger car with a midship engine layout. Although its image is that of a sports car, the MR2 was originally developed in much the same way as GM's Pontiac Fiero, which was aimed at establishing the "sporty commuter" genre to cultivate new demand. For this reason, the MR2 was designed with practicality in mind, with attention to such concerns as the ease of entry/exit, seat height, and luggage space. The choice of power plant included a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder SOHC engine borrowed from the front-engine, front-wheel-drive Corolla, and a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve engine (4A-GELU) with a gross output of 130 PS/15.2 kgm. A 5-speed manual transmission and an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission were available.

In a minor model change in summer 1986, a high-performance version that added a Roots supercharger to the 4A-GELU DOHC engine joined the lineup, producing a net output of 145 PS/19.0 kgm. A T-bar roof with two removable panels also became available as an option at this time. Despite their original design concept, both the Fiero and the MR2 were perceived as sports cars in the market.

The MR2 won the 1984-1985 Car of the Year Japan.
Plant Central Motor Co.,Ltd
Stands for "midship runabout 2-seater."

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