The Supra is back… or, it will be when doors open to the Detroit Auto Show next month. But it won’t be the only sporty two-door in Toyota’s lineup for long. The company plans more sports cars, and rumors hint at a revival for the beloved Toyota MR2. The company could bring back the compact coupe with help from Subaru, say reports. But one artist has his own vision for a new and much sleeker MR2.
This is Artist Esa Mustonen’s dream of a futuristic MR2. It has all the makings of a sports car for the year 2025 – sharp, sleek lines, an aggressive body, and a defining rear – mixed with a Toyota-friendly fascia. If you squint, you might be able to distinguish the Corolla Hatchback or upcoming Supra, with hints of the outgoing MR2 in its DNA.
Gallery: Toyota MR2 Concept
Mustonen doesn’t suggest what could be hiding underhood, but based on reports, we assume it would be some sort of hybrid powertrain. Toyota is currently working on a more powerful 2.4-liter engine for the next-gen 86/BRZ, so this new MR2 could theoretically get a detuned or hybridized version of that, depending on where Toyota fits it into the lineup.
"I worked with David Ovide on the first model to practice working with a modeler," Mustonen notes. "But after my internship at Genesis, I learned so much that I felt it was best to try my newly found knowledge on my own model, so I modeled the second model (which you see here) by myself."
Sadly, this Toyota MR2 is just a concept. Toyota hasn’t confirmed the coupes arrival, nor provided any glimpse at what said new MR2 could look like. But if the company is smart, it would take a hint from Mustonen’s concept – it’s absolutely stunning.
Source: Esa Mustonen / Behance