Rumors and Suppositions

Will Toyota finally get it right, is third time the charm?

I am tired of Toyota’s hype mill, but I will be on board for it, if the 2024 MR2 revival rumors materialize into something interesting. Hopefully it isn’t too much bad form to post alternate automotive news sources here.

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Anywhere NEAR BMW i8 performance in a mainstream steel, aluminum, and SMC chassis and body, not expensive Carbon Fiber... and this will be properly interesting.

I don’t know what the specs will be, but I am hoping for:

30-mile all-electric highway-speed mode, series hybrid efficiency mode, parallel hybrid burst performance mode and direct-drive cruise and regen mode... 20-ish KwH, an 10-15 gallons of fuel on board...

sport mode burst output equivalent to ~350 horsepower, and ~400tq, like the i8's inline-3 Turbo and electric motor system is entirely doable at a reasonable price.

a 1.6T boxer4 driving a PHEV transaxle with a front electric assist and regen, and this is actually what FRS/BRZ should be (and it would be AWD for Subaru’s lineup.

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and it would probably handle better with the center of gravity low, and the weight bias rearward, although perhaps in the 3250lb range with the batteries involved.

I would seriously try to buy something like this at $35K. At 45K... it had better be pretty much perfectly executed with NO excuses for low power (86), or hideous looks (Supra), or an inability for anyone over 5'10” to fit inside.

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For that money, I currently won’t even consider a 370Z or WRX STI as 15 year old cars for new car money, let alone a BRZ/FRS for less money and less power, and difficulty to fit.

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