I used to own a Gen II turbo MR2, and I can tell you that it did actually live up to your dreams back in the 90's. Especially with some coilovers, sway bars, and a tune, it was quick, light, nimble, and had looks to kill. IMO it was better than the 300ZX and Mustangs of its era.
Wow, you officially have a better tale of desert racing woe than me. That’s... an accomplishment
I had two of these in the mid-90's - a ‘91 turbo that was a dedicated track car and a ‘92 that was my daily driver. I absolutely LOVED them. I’m dying to buy another one so I can put a V6 into it :-) But you know how it is... kids, job, responsibilities, life... they all get in the way.
Oh man, stop. Please stop. I was in the SW20 market all spring, and then the timing belt of my daily, a hearty 02 Accord, slipped, long ahead of schedule, and there is no more budget for an MR2. fwiw, decent non-turbos are still going for shockingly low prices on craigslist. $2400 just this week in Norfolk, Virignia,…
Most of my car buddies tend to either like the first gen or the second gen. What’s wrong with loving them both?
I was working for a Toyota dealership (Bill Page in Fairfax, VA) when the first gen MR2 came out. I got the second one off the trailer for a quick errand for the boss. And then, for every errand after that, I’d sign out a Mister Two at every opportunity.
There is an idea of an MR2. Some kind of abstraction. But there is no real car. Only an entity. Something illusory. And though it can hide its’ cold gaze, and you can move the shifter and feel the clutch push back against your foot, and maybe you can even sense our driving intentions are probably comparable, the MR2…
I’ve always liked the MR-2, owner a Celica, a Cressida, an Ae86, and my dad owned a Supra, I think I may need to find an Mr-2 to continue the trend.
You know, it’s weird cultish shit like this that makes it hard to justifying buying your first 911.
Yep. Direct Injection engines are LOUD and they don’t want people complaining. A BMW with the engine cover off sounds like a friggin diesel out of the 80s.
DING DING DING DING DING! Got it!
What are doing under the hood of a Kia sorrento in the first place? Sabotaging it I hope.
One reason why I love my Crosstreks engine bay. Minus one cover for the alternator it’s all engine baby. Oh and the oil filter is on top of the motor. Damn geniuses.
Not always, the ND Miata for example uses it to hide a few wires/hoses.
The actual reason is for NVH. There is typically a bunch of sound deadening material under them. Sometimes they even cover mass dampers.
It is a shame this happened to him and his car. One thing to take away from this is thank goodness he was one of the good guys who took his racing to a track. Can you imagine what could have happened if this had happened in a street race? Be like Greg here, take it to the track. If something goes wrong then that might…
That car sat under my neighbor’s carport for about decade before I finally had the courage to ask, “Hey, what are you doing to do with that car?” Two weeks later, the guy comes back and says, “It’s yours if you can tow it away.” They have 944 Turbo in a barn that I also yearn for, but like, how many times are you…
I still much prefer the narrow body. The only thing I dislike is the floating caliper brakes (though admittedly, they’re still good, just not great).
Great, rub salt in the wound