The biggest news for the 2021 Toyota Supra is the arrival of a turbocharged four-cylinder model called Supra 2.0.
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.
It gets the same eight-speeder (sorry, manual faithful) and is tipped to get from zero to 96 km/h in 5.0 seconds, making it the second quickest auto in Toyota's United States lineup.
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The Supra 2.0 has also undergone a weight loss program, dropping 200 pounds for a new total weight of 3,181 pounds. Furthermore, the four-cylinder Supra lacks the six-cylinder model's Active Differential and Adaptive Suspension.
Lighter engine aside, the Supra 2.0 features smaller (and thus lighter) front brake rotors with single-piston calipers instead of four-piston, an audio system with four speakers instead of 10, and manually adjustable seats instead of 14-way power-adjustable. Interestingly, this extra oomph is offered slightly higher in the rev range (now from 5 800 to 6 500 r/min) and will likely cut a couple of tenths of a second from the claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4,5 seconds. There is no mention of that in Toyota's announcement, but the engine does receive a dual-branch exhaust manifold that has six ports instead of two, which helps with heat management. According to Toyota's press release, there are "a slew of upgrades throughout that engine" which include new pistons that lower the compression ratio - something not normally associated with adding power unless boost pressure is increased. The chassis gets some love too; with its power steering and stability control recalibrated, its shocks retuned, and its frame stiffened via the addition of aluminum strut braces. Lastly, there's a tech update, as Toyota has made the 8.8-inch infotainment standard, discontinuing the 6.5-inch screen.
The third big update for 2021 is the new GR Supra A91 Edition which replaces the 2020 Launch Edition. Available in either Nocturnal (black) or the exclusive Refraction (blue) hues, it gets lashings of carbon fibre on the wing mirror caps and the new rear bootlid lip spoiler, plus matte black wheels and C-pillar stripes.