Updated Toyota GR Supra sharpens up with more power

Updated Toyota GR Supra sharpens up with more power

The return of the Supra nameplate was a big freaking deal last year, one that caused us to write endlessly about the many rumors surrounding the pseudo-Japanese sports vehicle, and even made someone shell out $2.1 million for the very first 2020 year-model. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which it sends to the rear wheels through the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the 3.0-liter vehicle. Just like in the BMW Z4 M40i sister auto, the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six now makes 382 HP at 5,800-6,500 rpm and 368 lb-ft (499 Nm) of torque at 1,800-5,000 rpm. For 2021, Toyota is adding a couple wrinkles to the Supra equation.

The 2.0 will stay paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission for now, and Toyota has no plans to pair a manual transmission with the Supra at this time. Top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour, same as the inline-six. To do this, the company replaced four-piston brake calipers with single-piston ones; tossed the active differential and active suspension for fixed ones; and fitted manually adjustable seats instead of the 14-way electric ones.

That's no coincidence obviously, but there is bad news for the Supra faithful who already purchased a 2020 model. Toyota has upped the power output for the inline-six from 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque to 382 ponies and 368 pound-feet. That's now 382 horse in total, or enough to rocket the three-liter Supra to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds.

These numbers come as a result of an new dual-branch exhaust manifold and in spite of a reduced compression ratio of 10.2:1 instead of 11:1, the latter due to a new piston design.

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On top of the extra power, Toyota also re-tuned the chassis by increasing roll resistance by adding aluminum bracing in the engine bay between the strut towers and radiator support, fitting new bump stops and tweaking the damper tuning.

The last nugget of Supra news is a new special model called the A91 Edition (pictured above in blue). Available in a run of 1,000 units, the 2021 Toyota GR Supra A91 Edition comes with the bigger engine and offers the choice of two colors: Nocturnal or the exclusive Refraction. Lastly, there's a tech update, as Toyota has made the 8.8-inch infotainment standard, discontinuing the 6.5-inch screen.

Included in the package are a rear black carbon fiber lip spoiler, matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics and carbon fiber mirror caps.

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