Thursday, December 10, 2009

Toyota Supercharged MR2 Versus Pontiac Fiero Formula Battle Royale, PBS-Style

The winner will shock you...

5 comments:

Alan said...

Utter nonsense. One is a Lotus-tuned chassis with a Cosworth clone gem and the other is a Chevy Citation turned 180 degrees with a boat anchor 8 valve and an agricultural 4 speed. One has feelsome manual steering, pliant ride and a playful, throttle steerable, blissful handling and a rifle bolt gearshift, the other is a harsh riding, vague, plastic piece of crap.

I enjoy American cars as much as I do foreign cars, but that just really touched a nerve.

kashgar216 said...

Why don't you tell us what you REALLY think, Alan.

F1 Outsider said...

Alan,

It's no wonder one became a donor for Ferrari clones and the other is a a classic that's increasing in value.

Matt in MD said...

I actually like the bodystyle of the Fiero more than the MR2. That being said, this segment really highlights exactly what was wrong with GM and what was right with Toyota. GM let a promising platform languish for 4 years (not to mention that craptastic IronDuke 4 that it was saddled with initially)before addressing it's shortcomings. Toyota continued to improve the performance capabilites of the MR2 and then as it is now, the vehicle is much more polished (smooth shifter, great ergonomics, reliability) and would be an excellent weekend car today.

kashgar216 said...

I have to agree that the Formula trim has just enough body cladding to make the Fiero look attractive. I agree that the MR2 is the better car but the Fiero had potential. Once again, the bean counters and spineless middle management won.

I don't like the styling of any of the three (?) generations of MR2s.