Toyota MR2 Lives on?
|Toyota fans distraught at the news of the MR2s demise currently have two options if they want to get their hands on a fantastic Toyota mid-engined sports car.
|Toyota have announced that the last 300 run out versions of their fantastic MR2 sports car will be available as special editions each uniquely numbered from 300 down to 1. Contact your Toyota dealer quickly if you want one, especially if you want to reserve a particular number such as 007 etc (we suspect that 001 is already reserved by Toyota, but could be wrong).
|After these vehicles roll off the production line, the only option for potential buyers will be to look at the second hand market, or else to purchase an Elise which is now available with both the MR2's VVTi engine (in the Elise S) or the more powerful VVTLi variant (in the Elise 111S). Priced at about £24,000 and £28,000 respectively, the two Lotus options are somewhat more expensive than the MR2, but they are of course significantly lighter and arguably have a more prestige badge.
|If you're set on a new MR2, then act quickly while supplies last.
|A new Mini Cooper S will be seen by the public for the first time at the Paris Motor show in September 2006.
|Ford's new Ka is due to arrive in the UK in 2008, and early indications are that it will be a popular new release.
|Toyota are said to be developing mind reading devices for inclusion in future models of their cars, and these will be used to adapt your car's settings according to how you are feeling.
|But don't expect to your Celica, MR2, Avensis or Corolla adjusting itself to your mood any time soon.
|Hyundai have facelifted their popular Coupe once again, and it looks good.
|The 'Korean Ferrari' has changed shape several times in its life and not always to the customer's liking. However, this latest revision, which will be on sale towards the end of 2006 looks great; the lines are leaner and meaner with a relatively agressive look from the front.
|Yet another peformance car built on the Golf platform will be available from early 2007 in the shape of the incredible Audi S3.
|A Californian Company (Tesla Motors) have developed a 100% electric version of the Lotus Elise with input from the Norfolk company. And before sports car enthusiasts switch off, thinking that electric cars are slow and boring, the new car is claimed to have a 0-60 time of about 4 seconds!
|UK Performance specialists Ralliart have released a 366bhp variant of the current Mitsubushi Lancer Evo.
|VW have stepped up the ante in the value for money stakes with their Blue Motion Polo; the new model is capable of over 72mpg and has a C02 rating of 103g/Km.