1992 Toyota MR2 G-Limited Coupe
Stock Number: 4761
With its midship layout, lightweight chassis, and high revving motor, the Toyota MR2 is a cult classic. With its combination of power, reliability, and handling how could it not be? This '92 is a little different from the typical SW20 that we see since it's the naturally aspirated version. The great thing about the N/A setup is the reliability gained by reducing the number of moving components and residual heat. All while keeping the iconic looks and its fantastic driving characteristics. Being a fixed-roof coupe the lack of glass means reduced weight, increased handling, and added chassis rigidity which is key to a proper sports coupe. The Astral Black (202) paint appears to be original, which means it's not what we'd call show quality. Being that it's black you can see the light scratches and etching in the clear coat. Along the driver's side front fender for instance there is some fade and light spiderwebbing along with some thin spots and chipping on the rear wing. On the flip side it means that this one is an ideal candidate for a daily driver. One that you can actually leave in a parking lot or street park and not be terrified the entire time that someone may get near it. The same goes for the body as there are a few typical door dings, as any 28-year-old vehicle is bound to have. With the stock body lines already being so dramatic, there was no need to change anything which is refreshing to see.
The interior has been kept up just as well, which comes as no surprise. Toyota did a great job with the layout and design of this chassis and was a big step up from the previous generation. Being that this model is the G-Limited it came with items like the power-folding mirrors and the trademark spoiler outback. They're a nice feature and what sets the Limited apart from the base model G. The cloth buckets offer great support without feeling like you've got to squeeze into them. Both seats have been kept up with phenomenally as the typical wear spots like holes or bolster break down is nearly non-existent. While the car is 28 years old we'd never make the claim that they're like new, but they're well above average for a car of its age. The door cards and carpeting are free of any stains or markings as well. The expansive dash and center console are in great shape and haven't suffered from any sort of distortion or sun damage over the years. Even the original radio still functions, though the screen does have some pixelation to deal with. The automatic climate control is a nice touch for when you don't feel like cruising with the windows down listening to the Tanabe Hyper Medallion exhaust.
Mechanically this car has been well kept up, and with the mileage this low it's to be expected. The mid-mounted 3S-GE has been left untouched which is both reassuring and surprising. Typically we expect to see small changes like upgraded air intake or suspension work, but this one is still just the way Toyota had intended all those years ago. With only 68K verified miles, this little two-liter is just barely broken in. While the naturally aspirated motor does lack the horsepower of its turbo stablemate, it does provide incredible throttle response and mid-range punch. Factory rated at 163hp make no bones about it, this little coupe is no slouch. The MR2 is a prime example that you don't need to have crazy power to make a car fun. The 5 speeds shifts easily and the factory gearbox was really well set up by Toyota. The shifts are very precise without the need for aftermarket help. Since it still has the factory suspension the ride is quite nice so longer highway drives aren't back-breaking. Of course, should you want to change things up a bit you have no shortage of options available since the same parts sold here stateside are interchangeable. We have given it a fair bit of work in the shop to make sure that it's ready for its new US voyage. A new battery ensures a quick start up and new tires on all four corners keep you planted to the road in the twisties. We also cleaned up the ignition system with a new distributor cap, rotor, wires, and fresh plugs as well. Now that everything is back up to speed it really doesn't get much better than this when it comes down to a new daily driver that's just as at home making a run to the grocery store as it is carving up back roads. For those after a proper sports car that could easily handle daily duty then look no further!
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