Toyota kicked off its new sports car rebirth with the 86 in 2012, continued it with soon-to-be-launched Supra and could complete its trinity with a new MR2.
With Toyota teaming with Subaru and BMW for the 86 and Supra respectively, who could the Japanese car-making giant get into bed with for the MR2?
Non-other than Porsche, according to the Supra and 86’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.
However, the news is far from a confirmation of a new mid-engined, rear-drive two-seat Toyota, as AutoIndustriya who interviewed Mr Tada at the Supra’s launch in Japan is unsure whether he gave a serious answer.
If the planned Porsche partnership gets the green light, the new MR2 could be built on the successor to the 718 Cayman/Boxster, ensuring the latest Toyota sports car retains its midship layout.
Its joint-venture approach to sports car means Toyota and its partners can split costs and mitigate the low-volume yield of performance cars.
Toyota has already stated in the past it wants to resurrect either the Celica or MR2 models, while the 86 has already been confirmed for a second-generation due sometime soon.
A flagship supercar is also due from the Japanese brand, based on its Le Mans racecar and known as the GR Super Sport, while sporty GR versions of existing core models – including the HiLux ute – has been mooted.
Despite Toyota’s push for spicier models, it revealed this week in a since deleted tweet that its cars will not feature in the upcoming Need for Speed Heat due to the perception that the video game promotes street racing.