The MR2, on the other hand, was a two-seater with a lightweight body and solid handling. Power came from a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter straight-four engine with 112hp mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed slushbox. Its suspension was designed by Toyota engineers; however they had some help from Roger Becker, a Lotus
engineer. In 1987, Toyota offered a supercharged version, called the GZE. It produced 145hp, but the MR2's curb weight increased to 2,494 lbs., compared to the base car's 2,350 lbs. The completely redesigned second generation MR2 premiered in 1989, but it was larger and heavier than the outgoing model.