It morphed into a prettier, rounder body for the second version, before changing back to something in between, with a flat windowline and changing to a convertible roadster body.
It’s fair to say that the MR2 really didn’t set the world alight, and with a semi-manual transmission that was slow to react, the sportiness of the MR2 failed to deliver on the promise.
Paseo, not unlike the first MR2, featured a wedge shape, but was less assertive and less aggressive in styling.
First seen in Australia in 1991, it was viewed as a second choice to Celica, thanks to a weedy 1.5-litre petrol engine with 69kW. Torque? 136Nm.
In 2012, Toyota’s two-door history was rewritten as it roared back into the coupe segment with a joint venture.
Subaru supplied the driveline, including the flat four engine, and has a model known as the BRZ.
Toyota’s contender is the 86, and since its release has shipped over 200,000 units, as well as spawning a one-make race series here in Australia.
A typical coupe in the sense of a long bonnet and short boot, the 86 has a low centre of gravity, endowing the 152kW manual transmission or 147kW auto with great handling, and that on-the-edge feeling of being ready to break away — but never quite letting go.
Second generation 86/BRZ now offers a 2.4-litre engine, with an increased output of 174kW of power and up to 250Nm of torque.