Rick Bates is entering a Toyota MR2 Spider (right) in the
production class of the Targa Tasmania.
Alison Drower is navigator.
2000 December: A Toyota MR2 Spyder dressed up in the new Sportivo dress up body kit - front spoiler, side skirts, rear skirt and rear wing.
The removable hard-top is another new accessory.
2000 October: The Toyota MR2 Spyder (convertible) went on sale in Australia at $44,990.
The new MR2 has a 1.8-litre variable valve timing engine which gives 103kW at 6400rpm & 170Nm at 4400rpm and is transversely mounted behind the seats. It drives through a 5-speed sequential manual gearbox, controlled through a gear lever or through buttons on the steering wheel; the clutch is automatic. Suspension is 4 x MacPherson struts. The steering is electro- hydraulic power assisted. The car weighs just 975kg.
Gadgets include an in-dash 6-CD CD-player. The soft-top is raised and lowered by hand, and features a glass rear window. It is possible to raise or lower the soft top in less than a minute. Safety features include twin airbags and ABS brakes.
Left: On show in Melbourne, early 2000 - 4wd.sofcom.com/4WD.html1987 first MR2 1990 revised + 2 litre engine 1994 same body, improved suspension 1999 end 2000 late, new MR2 -->
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