For a change, I get to be the XperT!!!!
I owned an XR for about 2yrs, and it was FAST!
I once took it to 240kph before I chickened out; it would cruise all day at 180kph. The aerodynamics in a straight line were excellent, and you could hold a normal conversation with the windows down at up to 150. The 2.3l Ford engine was in North America, and good for 190HP stock turbo w/no intercool. I had the head off of mine, and gave it a full port on intake, and a clean-up on exhaust. No Dyno tests, but my seat-of-pants-o'meter would guess I managed about 200-210. Mine did not have the I/C, and ran stock boost.
Even a mildy hot-rodded MKII would not stand a chance, as a couple of them found out.
Dumb-ass North American FURD dealers; NO fuckin' clue.
Trans was T-9, not T-5; non-existant in America, and FRAGILE!!
plastic gear for speedo stripped too easily and hard to replace
Dash lights were euro, and N/A anywhere, had to fab my own
Fan switch would burn out; only high or none available
brake systems limited to this model; parts rare
PLASTIC composite headlights - milky & scratched quickly
Gusty wind from rear quarters made for "lively" road manners; throw in rutted pavement, and passing becomes a true white-knuckler
As a car to live with daily, my Supra is a LOT nicer, cheaper, easier to source parts, has better seats, and WAAYYY more reliable. BUT...
I miss the full-on power and high-speed cruise of my Merkur.