“A great car in many ways… and very beautiful, but the MR2 formula is completely wrong. It’s a great car but a *bad* MR2.
“Why? Too complicated (drive), too expensive, compromise handling, HEAVY and ruined expectations of what the MR2 *should* be in the hunt for more boost. Why? Because Supra there the Celica GTS-4 is a better moar power option The turbo has completely compromised the dynamics (Supercharger would have been better).
“AW11 – Fun, light, cheap. MSRP of less than a GT86 amount nowadays.
“SW20 (turbo) MSRP MORE THAN a Supra 6pot Turbo in today’s money.
“ZZW30 has gone back to the AW11 formula, doing it cheaply and doing so in modern requirements (no more pop-ups and crash safety concerns). It did everything better than the energy-efficient SW20 and (appearance issues were really older than most anything else from the early 2000s) but since it wasn’t a moar turbocharger (that would make it too expensive) not as well received.
“The SW20 killed the affordable mid-engine sports car.”
If you claim that’s the reason we don’t have affordable mid-range sports cars these days, then I’m sure the SW20 deserves a spot on this list.
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