Mk 3 MR2 Spyder Prototypes

Since the announcement in 1995 that the MKII MR2 was to cease production, prototypes for the new MR2 had been popping up at regular intervals at various Motorshows. The first of these was the MRJ. It appeared at several motorshows around the world and while no official word was given by Toyota, many assumed it was the replacement for the MR2. It featured a VVT engine, electric hardtop, four-wheel steering, superstrut suspension, and many other new technology features.


The MRX was the next car on the scene, having been unveiled at the Japan Motor Show in 1997 and predicted by many motoring magazines as the replacement for the MR2 ... with no news of the future of the MRJ. The MRX was a lightweight car with many of the fancy features of the MRJ having been removed.  This latest prototype saw a few changes over the next couple of years, with slight modifications to bonnet, lights, side intakes, etc.

Mk 3 MR2 Spyder - ZZW30 1999 - 2007

Toyota New Zealand released the MR-S at the end of 2000/beginning of 2001, and was be priced to compete with the Mazda MX5 (roughly $40K). The model chosen for NZ was the 5 speed Semi-Automatic Sequential transmission. This uses an automatic clutch that takes the load off the drivers left leg, but all gears are still selected manually from either the gearstick or buttons on the steering wheel.In 1999 the new MR2 was finally released in Japan. Throughout the world it was marketed under different names: in Japan it's the MR-S; in the UK it's the MR2; in the USA it's the MR2 Spyder.

In 2003 the model was upgraded to a 6 speed transmision and given some minor changes to the front grill.



Type Inline mid mounted, 4cyls, rear drive
Valve mechanism DOHC 16 valve VVT-i
Bore x stroke (cc) 79.0 x 91.5
Displacement (cc) 1794
Compression ratio 10:1
Max power bhp (kW) 138 (103) @ 6400rpm
Max torque lb.ft (Nm) 127 (170) @ 4200rpm
Battery - Volts/Amp hours 12/36
Alternator output - Watts 960


0-62mph (0-100km/h) 7.9 sec
0-400m 1 5.8 sec
Maximum speed 130mph (210km/h)
20-60km/h 4.3 sec
40-80km/h 5.l sec
60-100km/h 6.l sec
80-120km/h 10.6 sec


Combined 7.6
Urban 10.45
Extra-urban 5.95
Coefficient of drag 0.35
CO2 mass emission - g/km 178


Overall length (mm) 3885
Overall width (mm) 1695
Overall height (mm) 1240
Wheelbase (mm) 2450
Track width (mm) front 1475
Track width (film) rear 1460
Minimum turning radius (m) 5
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 48
Kerb weight (kg) 975
Luggage capacity (m3) 0.09


Front MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar
Rear Dual-Link MacPherson struts, anti-rb


Front  10 inch ventilated discs
Rear  10 inch ventilated discs


Type  Power rack and pinion, electro hydraulic
Ratio 16.6:1
Turns lock to lock 2.7


Wheel size F/R 15x6 / 15x6.5 inch alloys
Tyre size F/R 185/55 VR15/205/50 VR15
Spare tyre Space-saver type