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Toyota, Suzuki, and Daihatsu Rumoured to be Jointly Developing a Mid-Engine Sports car

This suggested joint-effort involving Toyota could deliver another piece in the Japanese brand’s sports car trifecta

  • This could mark the return of the MR2.

  • Toyota has hinted that there was a “third brother” in its three-sports car lineup.

  • Toyota owns Daihatsu and a 5% stake in Suzuki.

Stories, reports, and rumours of the return of the Toyota MR2 are almost exactly three years old. Toyota sports car enthusiasts have been generally well served for the last few years. The Scion FR-S/Toyota 86 and GR Supra are well appreciated by the car community but we’re never satisfied. This most recent rumour seems to indicate that our insatiable thirst may be quenched in the near future. But then, maybe not…

1985 Toyota MR2
1985 Toyota MR2 | Photo: Toyota

The report indicates that Toyota, Suzuki, and Daihatsu are jointly working on a mid-engine sports car. As a reminder, the MR2’s engine was positioned behind the passengers. While we want to believe that this fact alone points towards a new MR2, and despite Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda has said that he wants a “three sports car brothers” in his lineup, it’s unlikely this is it.

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The rumour, picked up by Japanese Nostalgic Car says that the car will be powered by a Suzuki-developed 1.0-litre engine dropped midship in a structure also developed by Suzuki. The engine alone makes it highly unlikely to be sold in North America.

The car is planned for a 2025 release so this gives GR plenty of time for them to get their hands on the car.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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