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1999 Toyota MR-S Concept

The MR-S has a mid-mounted engine for perfectly balanced handling and a wheel for quick, stable maneuverability at each corner. The car is short at just 3850mm long - more than a foot shorter than the current MR2.

The engine is a new lightweight 1.8-liter with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i), which changes the engine's characteristics to give more power, better torque at low engine speeds, and lower fuel consumption.

The gearbox is sequential and would enable changes to be made swiftly either via the conventional gear lever or buttons mounted on the steering wheel - as with racing cars - to allow the driver to keep both hands on the wheel at all times.

The interior of the Toyota MR-S has a simple and gutsy tightness, with a minimalist approach that echoes old sports cars. Practicality is not forgotten, with luggage space provided behind the seats. But MR-S, should it ever go into production, is meant to be a car for people who want to drive, who travel light, and love the wind in their hair.


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