Toyota GR Supra in USA - 47 hp more, 2.0L option

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

Providing a new entry point into Supra ownership is the B48 2.0 litre turbo four-pot formerly reserved for the Japanese market, making 255 hp from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm between 1,550 and 4,400 rpm - the same tune you'd find in the 330i. For 2021, Toyota is adding a couple wrinkles to the Supra equation.

There's more news for the 2021 Supra than just the four-cylinder, though. This allows the four-cylinder Supra to scoot from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds flat and onto a top speed of 155 miles per hour, neither of which are shabby specs for a four-banger sports vehicle. The increased efficiency will be due to the smaller engine and lower weight. At 3,181 pounds, the base Supra is some 200-plus pounds lighter than the Supra 3.0.

But enough about the six-how about that four-cylinder Supra? Toyota does not say it but the lighter front end will likely enable the Supra 2.0 to deliver sharper turn-in and increased agility in corners.

This should be helped along by a new suspension tune, which includes new under-bonnet chassis braces to improve body rigidity.

This of course comes after BMW announced 2020 would see the Supra's BMW Z4 M40i sibling increase its power output from 250kW to 285kW, bringing the Z4 M40i up to the same power level as its siblings in the "40i" family.

The increased power output also increases performance with the last year's 0 to 60 sprint of 4.1 seconds dropping to 3.9 seconds, though top speed remains electronically limited at 155 miles per hour.

Toyota's engineers also worked on increasing roll resistance and enhancing cornering stability of the Supra 3.0. The electric power steering, adaptive damper system, stability control and active rear differential have also been reprogrammed in concert with the hardware changes, making the vehicle more stable through quick transitions.

That's no coincidence obviously, but there is bad news for the Supra faithful who already purchased a 2020 model. Everyone would rather have the 3.0-liter model, which receives serious upgrades for the 2021 model year.

Toyota said it will offer 1,000 A91 editions in colors Nocturnal or Refraction with a black carbon fiber lip spoiler, matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics, and carbon-fiber mirror caps. Additionally, the front Brembo brake calipers are painted red and feature the "Toyota Supra" logo (a feature also found on the 2021 Supra 3.0 Premium). Inside the limited-edition cars will be covered in black suede leather-trimmed seats with blue contrast stitching, a trunk mat, and key gloves.

Finally, all 2021 Supras get the 8.8-inch infotainment display as standard instead of the previous 6.5-inch unit. The latter is exclusive to the A91 Edition.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra will arrive at US dealers in June, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

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