[MR2] MR2 news from Top Gear
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jan 25 23:03:05 EST 2010
That was the inaugural issue of Automobile Magazine, which I have. In the same article David E Davis said "If the Japanese ever decide to build a supercar, God help the Italians".
I guess I could scan the article if someone wants to host it.
They drove an 86 MR2 and a Ferrari 308 - the MR2 came out surprisingly well. Strange comparison I know but I remember the Toyota ergonomics came out way on top.
I thought Davis had retired - I kept subscribing to Automobile - but it is a shadow of what it was - Davis meanwhile has a column in Car and Driver I think.
I vaguely remember some car mag comparing the MR2 MkI and the Ferrari
308 and saying the only thing the Ferrari had going for it was the
brand name and the engine sound, that in every other way, the MR2 came
out ahead -- including acceleration and speed, which my memory says
doesn't make any sense. Maybe it was the supercharged version. Been
too long and I don't remember the details at all. On the other hand,
I also remember that my 86 had a mfg spec of 0-60 in 8 seconds, which
was good for the time, but now you can get Camrys and Accrods that
will do that.
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