Immediately after the much anticipated debut of the reborn Toyota GR Supra, it was clear that Toyota got a lot rightwith the sports coupe. Of course, there’s always room for improvement — and for 2021, Toyota’s bringing it. The new Supra gets updates that include more power for six-cylinder models and a new base four-cylinder version. Also, the larger multimedia screen is now standard across the lineup for 2021.
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New 4-Cylinder Option
The new four-cylinder model is called the Supra 2.0. Power comes from the same 2.0-liter turbo that’s in the BMW Z4 30i, with which it shares parts. It’s good for 255 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, and it pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission; a manual transmission is still unavailable. Toyota says it sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds, making it the second quickest vehicle in the automaker’s lineup.
The 2.0 model is over 200 pounds lighter than the 3.0-liter, and much has been pared down: It has smaller brakes, smaller wheels and fewer speakers, as well as manually adjustable seats. It also loses the active differential and adaptive suspension found on the 3.0.
The quickest model, the Supra 3.0, gets a power boost for 2021. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine now makes 382 hp, up from the 2020 model’s rating of 335 hp. Torque is up, too, from 365 pounds-feet to 368 pounds-feet. Toyota says the retooled engine will reduce the model’s 0-60 acceleration time to 3.9 seconds, down from 4.1. Again, an eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission offering.
Other updates for 2021 include revised chassis tuning for the 3.0 model thanks to the addition of lightweight aluminum braces, as well as updates to the electric power steering and adaptive variable suspension systems. Also, all models now use the 8.8-inch multimedia system; the 6.5-inch screen has been discontinued.
Last, a new special model joins the lineup. The A91 Edition adds a carbon-fiber lip spoiler, matte-black wheels, exterior graphics, carbon-fiber mirror caps and a two-tone black-and-blue Alcantara interior. The package builds off of 3.0 models and only 1,000 will be available.
Safety and Convenience Tech
As with the 2020 model, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high-beam headlights are standard. A Safety and Technology Package is new for 2021 and available on both 2.0 and 3.0 models. It includes:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Parking sensors with emergency braking
- A 12-speaker 500-watt JBL stereo
- Wireless Apple CarPlay
The first four features are included in an optional Driver’s Assist Package for the 3.0 Premium and A91 Edition versions. No word yet on pricing. The 2021 Toyota Supra goes on sale in June.
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