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|Toyota MR2 Mk1|
Of course I love it, I brought it! What a cheap and fun car to own, so cool when T-VIS kicks in @ 4.5k RPM all the way to 7.5k RPM... After my first MkII MR2 and getting a Pulsar after that I had to find another Mid-Engined car and MR2 are the only one's that are quick, reliable and easily affordable... Huzzar!
|15:34 Mon 16 Sep 02|
Fantastic mid-engined 80s sports car, now available to the budget driver.
Standard suspension is perfectly capable, if a little soft. A set of new shocks and springs will transform it into a great and reliable track-day car.
Available with naturally aspirated (122bhp) and supercharged (145hp) engines give a good turn of speed in standard form. Though if buying always try to buy a supercharger, with it's greater potential for modification to around 190hp for a few hundred pounds.
Early supercharged cars are missing a rear Anti-Roll Bar. Check before you buy or you could be trying to dial out understeer at the track.
|08:57 Tue 10 Sep 02|
Various MR2s from "Matthew Bigman's" fleet over the years:
With used prices from as little as a few hundred pounds, is arguably one of the best VFM cars you can buy.
Great RWD fun, with great vocal engines which offer good performance even by today's standards (esp. in SC spec). Great handling but little heavy to drive and arguably not as nice or easy to drive on the limit as its MX-5 rival, but probably more direct.
|22:45 Sat 17 Aug 02|
Excellent introduction to proper driving dynamics (mid-engined, rear drive). Short of a Fiat X1/9 there is nothing cheaper with this configuration. Available for around £1000 currently. Simple and cheap mods will yield a sorted suspension and 100bhp/l.
Whilst the car will be easily outclassed by most other cars on a track it really excels in teaching you how to be fast around a circuit with excellent feedback through the unassisted steering and a first-rate driving position.
For those wanting more power straight out of the box there is a Supercharged version of the car available that comes with 145bhp as standard. Exhaust, filter, intercooler, and pulley mods will yield in the region of 190bhp. These are a little heavier than the NA car and really benefit from suspension mods if you're going to use it on a track.
Bottom line: buy one if you want some fun whilst you're saving up for your Caterfield, Elise, or NSX...
|14:53 Tue 19 Mar 02|
I have wanted this car since I was 12, now I finally have one and it was definitely worth the wait! Such a quick and fun car has no right to be this cheap to own and run, I look forward to having an s/c engine installed.
|17:52 Thu 7 Mar 02|
F-registered white coupé.
I was 19 and this was my 3rd car .. after a 1.1 fiesta and a 1.2 clio, this was a ROCKET. Excelent G-job condition and handling to die for. Totally factory standard.. even the radio. Why did I sell it?
|20:22 Tue 20 Nov 01|
Phenominal handling, even if it DID have aftermarket suspension.. adjustable makes it easier to suit your own driving style. SWEEEEET sweet engine and exhaust note. It was my little g-job dream. It was quick too. )-60 in 7.8 secs might not sound quick.. but when you are that low down... it is!
|20:19 Tue 20 Nov 01|
Ok handling let down by shocking aftermarket add ons... like suspension, exhaust, air filter, chip, leather-look seat covers, "go-faster" stickerage. only the wheels I fitted myself are its saving grace. Oh.. mother likes to crash it.
|20:16 Tue 20 Nov 01|
This was a mindbendingly fast car, but (like all TVR's, its' handling and brakes let it down a bit on the track. Once I had replaced the dampers with some nice 3 way Ohlins, and the brakes with some 8 pot Brembo's, it was a pretty incredible car. I had it for about 3 years, but then racing taught me that it wasn't quite as much fun to drive as I'd thought, so it had to go.
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