Production from 1997/10 up to 2000/03 (upto 24 months ...)
To improve sales demand a visual facelift was done including 3 new modern colours (never before available). Not much was done to the handling other than improved high-speed aerodynamics (via a very small change - a pair of cheap plastic air deflectors!). The idea of subtle styling went completely out of the window. 1998 specification face-lifted MR2`s are not for shy introvert types. The car has very much of a loud and 'look-at-me' presence. A radical new rear spoiler gives the car a very loud 'I`m around' look that truly gets you noticed! - many more people turn around and stare - whether they stare in disgust or simply admiration is open to debate, but they surely do stare!
The 'loud' look is currently a very trendy thing. Manufacturers all seem to be producing 'Look-At-Me' styled cars - this can certainly be seen on a lot of new sports cars like the Nissan Skyline GT-R and Subaru Impreza's. More than a few people have compared the styling of the new spoiler to that of the Skyline GT-R. All new Japanese sports cars now seem to be coming factory fitted (at least for Japanese markets anyway) with 17" or even 18" alloys, ultra low profile tyres and spoilers with radical styling and driven by 200bhp+ power plants.
MR2 gets pretty close on all fronts. The final revision of the Mk2 MR2
before production of the Mk3 MR2 model concept is here with us from year
2000 and beyond. A low mileage, one owner example of a 1998 MR2 is a very
sort after car with a premium price tag. It is pretty obvious that
have flooded the market in the last couple of years.
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