Another Toyota sportscar is on the way! Which one will be next?
Nothings is better than a classic, but a reimagining of a beloved classic like the Clermont Toyota Supra? Even better! This year, the Toyota Supra is returning with a new design inside and out and some amazing performance features that are sure to give you an electrifying feeling when you hit the gas pedal. Before the new Supra came along, it had been about sixteen years since Toyota’s last venture with a sportscar. Because of this vehicle’s success Toyota is looking into rolling another past relic reimagining off its production line. As hardcore Toyota fans like us, you’re probably wondering which Clermont Toyota sportscar will be coming next. Our best guesses are either the iconic Toyota Celica or the MR2. While we don’t have exact details, we do have the histories of these two vehicles. Decide for yourself which one will be coming next!
The Toyota Celica
The Toyota Celica is aptly named after the Latin word coelica, meaning heavenly or celestial. It’s one of the most iconic Toyota sportscars and has a long history with many design and engineering changes along the way. This Clermont Toyota vehicle was also the stepping stone for several vehicles, including the modern Toyota Camry and Supra!
- First introduced in 1970, the Toyota Celica made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show as Toyota’s response to the Ford Mustang in North America. This Clermont Toyota sportscar used a 1.4 or 1.6 L 4-cylinder engine equipped with either 4 or 5-speed manual transmission.
- Produced in 1978, the Clermont Toyota Celica XX was the first rendition of the Toyota Supra, which eventually became its own vehicle model in 1986.
- It was available as either a two-door coupe or three-door liftback, but was available as a four-door model in 1980 with the introduction of the Celica Camry.
- Available only as a rear-wheel drive until 1985, the Celica was reengineered with a new four-cylinder engine, new underpinning, and front-wheel drivetrain.
- The fifth generation (1989 – 1993) of the Celica was designed with a more rounded body and even had a limited run convertible submodel.
The Toyota MR2
Mid-ship, run-about, 2-seater or mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-seater. Whichever the technical name may be, the Clermont Toyota sportscar MR2 was engineered as Toyota’s first mid-engine vehicle. A mid-engine vehicle uses a different engineering design that contains the engine between the two axles of the car rather than in the front. It was advertised as a sporty and economically priced Toyota sportscar.
- The first model Toyota MR2 was released in 1984 and sported a 1.5 or 1.6 L inline-four engine.
- Borrowing a few design cues from Ferrari, the MR2 was redesigned in 1989 and adopted a rounded and elongated body design. This model redesign used a 2.0 or 2.2 L inline-four engine with an optional turbo.
- The Clermont Toyota sportscar MR2 was rebranded as the “Spyder” during its third generation in North America and had an optional convertible top.
- Due to a decline in sales over the years, the Celica and MR2 were both discontinued in 2004.
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