• Mar 18, 2009
Based on the automaker's current line of eminently reliable, practical and fuel efficient machinery, it's easy to forget that Toyota has a past full of exciting sports cars. A couple of years back, Toyota decided to highlight the fact that it knows how to built a sporty-looking vehicle with the FT-HS concept, which mated a performance-minded hybrid powertrain with edgy, low-slung bodywork.
According to Auto Express in the U.K., Toyota is considering a production model based on the FT-HS concept that would revive the MR2 that was killed off in 2007. If indeed true, this new sporty hybrid would go up against Honda's expected CR-Z hybrid hatchback. Unlike its rival from Honda, though, the MR2 would feature rear-wheel drive, and that's something to get excited about.

Other interesting tidbits include a rumored run to 60 in under seven seconds, with fuel economy in the 60's (50's in the U.S.) and carbon emissions of of under 100 g/km. Performance and efficiency in one package? Sounds too good to be true. Thanks for the tips, everyone!



[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course they're not. Toyota removed any vestige of "fun" from their lineup years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, is Toyota making not boring cars again, really?This should be something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      0-60 in less than 7 sec isn't exactly blistering performance, but I suppose it's pretty good in comparison to other hybrids, and it's better than any of the previous MR2s. Toyota used to make great sporty, yet practical little cars. What happened?

      At least Honda still offers the S2000 (for a little while longer anyway) and the Si Civic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whomever gets a rwd fuel efficient true sports (or at least solidly sporty) car out first for under 30k will guarantee I don't buy a used Boxster or 09 WRX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Boxer,
        Wouldn't the current 09 Impreza WRX fit the bill you want? Boxer + AWD + sporty?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The first car that meets your criteria is already out...

        Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

        But I am waiting for something boxer-powered, and hopefully with AWD...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok you guys have a point.

        I already plan on looking at the Hyundai, especially with the turbo 4 Cyl. The Camaro V6 too will get a visit. If Honda or Toyota can rival the style and feel of either of those, but double the fuel economy then that could be a slam dunk.

        The Subaru is already tops on the list, but the fuel economy is holding me back. I average 21.5 mpg with a mix of highway and city driving, mostly due to heavy traffic here in Chicago. The 09 WRXs won't improve on those figures too much, and in 3-4 years when that car would be paid off the price of fuel could be back up.

        Its a big wait-and-see time now.

      • 5 Years Ago
      If toyota made that FT-HS, I'd buy one today. I love that concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blah Blah Blah imports imports imports. Really quite sick of the import bias on AOL . Just makes you wonder how much they are being paid?????????????
      DON'T BE A TRAITOR BUY BIG THREE
        • 5 Years Ago
        Missed the Mustang review a few stories down, did we?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Toyota MR2 was a mid-engined car. Judging by the artist's renderings - the long front hood, the lack of side intake vents - this looks like it's front-engined. More like a Celica sequel...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Echo was "sporty"....
      Someone was smoking something (Paseo I can see, but Echo)


      Sigh
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still got a mk1 mr2 SuperCharger from 1988 which is still special (to me).. mk2s were cool enough but a little lardy, and the mk3 had a great chassis but was too marketing led (ooh drop top, youth market, girls...) it made it undesirable to males in the used market as the MK1 and MK2 (esp SC and Turbo) had been previously.

      So forget about MK3 and think of this (if true) as returning properly to their roots.. if they are targetting the CR-Z (which I'm also very interested in) then it's similar to the mk1 vs CRX 'thing' in the late 80s.

      Either way Toyota need to do this (and a new Supra) to stop the entire world think they only ever made boring cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may not make it to the comments section but damn I'm getting real real tired of AutoBlog. First a while back you showed a 'concept' Toyota that was to be the 'Supra', then you showed pretty much the same damn 'concept' car that was to be the new new 'Super car' LF1 now we're supposed to take ur words on this ride? nahhh I'm done trusted you guys just stick to suck'n the electric cord of the Tesla biaatchs lolol
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is with these center exhausts?

      they look like... well... derriere orifices...

      Do not like.

      Car is nice though and I am all for Mr-2 continuance (as well as the Sutoya AE-86)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota can't even make non-hybrids fun. How do they expect to make an exciting car after saddling it with an extra couple hundred pounds of batteries? They'd be better off just finishing the Toyota/Subaru collaboration. Given that it's being engineered by Subaru, there's a good chance they'll be able to put something on their lots worth buying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota is capable of building a sporty car. The 2JZ-GTE Supra is a good example.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was too big and too heavy compared to its contemporaries. The 300zx, C4, and RX-7 were all much sweeter drives. The 4th Gen Supra was for people that wanted a Toyota with sporting pretensions. The second Gen MR-2 is a pretty neat car, though. Either way that was 15 years ago. I'm not sure anyone still working there has any idea how to make a decent car. If they did, why would they be having Subaru do it for them?
        • 5 Years Ago
        your completely right, they cant make sporty cars that are fun to drive, what chance do they have to make a prius fun to drive? thats why this will fail, my guess is we wont ever hear anything about this again
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