A Toyota MR2 With a Supercharged Camry V6 Is a Lotus Evora On a Budget

A new Lotus Evora 400 costs nearly $100,000. Or you could build your own mid-engine sports car with a blown Toyota V6.

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A V6 from a 1999 Toyota Camry isn't something we'd necessarily get excited about. But supercharge it and stuff it in a second-gen MR2, and you've got our interest. After all, a supercharged Toyota V6 in a lightweight mid-engine chassis is the exact recipe for one of our favorite sports cars, the Lotus Evora.

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This MR2 has a major price advantage over a brand-new Evora—the owner told The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah that he spent around $10,000 on the whole thing, including suspension upgrades. A Lotus Evora 400 costs nearly 10 times as much.

According to Farah, this car isn't 100-percent dialed in, but it's just an engine tune and a chassis setup away from greatness. Still, the Lotus similarities are obvious—the way it turns and the way it sounds immediately remind Farah of the Evora.

And this isn't some crazy high-maintenance project car either. The TRD-developed supercharger is smog legal, so there's no trouble registering it in California, and you just know it'll be bulletproof. After all, it's still a Toyota.

So, go find a second-gen MR2 before they get too expensive, and get to work.

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