Toyota MR2

TIMING CHAIN OR BELT? MODEL LIST - (UPDATED 2022)

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The Toyota MR2 is a two-seat sports car manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota. It was commercially available from 1984 to 2007. During its three generations, the MR2 car had a transverse mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. It is considered Japan’s first production car with a rear-mid engine.

The Toyota MR2 was an affordable sports car. MR2 stands for “mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-seater”. However, the car had to drop the 2 in French-speaking markets, since the acronym sounded like a swearword.

The MR2 took part in competitions, just like the Toyota Celica. The real success came with the arrival of its second generation to the United States. This generation also bears a certain resemblance to the Ferraris of the time, which made it quickly become popular as “poor man’s Ferrari”. Some of its owners went even further. With body kits and a few hours in the bodyshop, they converted their MR2s into what would later become nicknamed as “Fakerraris”.

Despite its short lifespan, the Toyota MR2 had multiple versions and special redesigns. There were few alternative options to the MR2. The Mazda MX-5 Miata was the main rival in that category.

Toyota MR2. Timing Chain or Timing Belt?

Down below you will see a list with all Toyota MR2 models which have been produced so far. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Toyota MR2.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Leyenda

■ Correa de Distribución (Timing Belt / Cambelt)
■ Cadena de Distribución (Timing Chain / Chain Driven)
■ Engranajes (Gear Driven)
■ 100% Eléctrico / Sin Distribución (100% Electric, No Timing Chain / Belt)
■ Desconocido / No Actualizado (Unknown / Not Updated)

Toyota MR2 I – First Generation (W10) (1984)

Coupe / T-Top (AW1)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel engines in the Toyota MR2 1 Gen.

Petrol Engines

  • 4A-GELC 1.6 (AW11) 109 CV (1984 – 1989)
  • 4A-GELC 1.6 16V (AW11) 116 CV (1984 – 1990)
  • 4A-GEL 1.6 16V (AW11) 124 CV (1984 – 1990)
  • 4A-GEL 1.6 16V (AW11) 131 CV (1984 – 1989)
  • 4A-GZE 1.6 Supercharged (AW11) 146 CV (1986 – 1989)

Toyota MR2 II – Second Generation (W20) (1989)

Coupe / T-Top (SW2)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel engines in the Toyota MR2 2 Gen.

Petrol Engines

  • 3S-GTE 2.0 225 CV (1989 – 1999)
  • 3S-FE 2.0 (SW20_) 120 CV (1989 – 1992)
  • 3S-GE 2.0 16V (SW20) 200 CV (1997 – 1999)
  • 3S-GE 2.0 16V (SW20_) 156 CV (1989 – 1999)
  • 3S-GE 2.0 16V (SW20_) 175 CV (1989 – 1999)
  • 3S-GE 2.0 16V (SW20_) 170 CV (1989 – 1999)
  • 3S-GTE 2.0 Turbo (SW20_) 227 CV (1989 – 1999)
  • 3S-GTE 2.0 Turbo (SW20_) 234 CV (1990 – 1994)
  • 3S-GTE 2.0 Turbo (SW20_) 241 CV (1989 – 1999)
  • 5S-FE 2.2 (SW20_) 132 CV (1990 – 1995)
  • 5S-FE 2.2 (SW21_) 136 CV (1992 – 1995)

Toyota MR2 III – Third Generation (W30) (1999)

Convertible Roadster / Spyder) (ZZW30)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel engines in the Toyota MR2 2 Gen.

Petrol Engines

  • 1ZZ-FE 1.8 16 VVT-i (ZZW30) 140 CV (1999 – 2007)

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