2021 Toyota GR Supra Gains 4-Cylinder Turbo Model

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, Automotive Editor - February 18, 2020

We’ve heard rumors circulating that Toyota was planning on introducing a four-cylinder engine for the Supra, and a month after coming out with an inline-four engine for Europe, Toyota is bringing the Supra 2.0 to the United States. The 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 will be sold in the U.S. with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and will become the model’s entry-level variant.

Thanks to Toyota’s partnership with BMW for the current generation of the Supra, the four-cylinder engine is one that’s found in various BMW's. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit that’s rated at 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque – figures that are certainly not bad for a sports car. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, just like the Supra 3.0. While the Supra 3.0 with the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six can get to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Supra 2.0 is a little slower, making the sprint in 5.0 seconds. Top speed for both models is rated at 155 mph.

As an entry-level model, the Supra 2.0’s specs are impressive. The four-cylinder engine cuts weight out of the sports car, too, as it’s 219 pounds less than a comparable model with a six-cylinder engine. In our review of the Supra, we found the sports car to be quite a competent machine. Cutting some weight out of the vehicle and ensuring it has a 50:50 weight distribution should make it feel even livelier around corners. Consider us very excited.

The engine isn’t the only thing that’s changed with the Supra 2.0, though. Toyota, fittingly, fitted the sports car with smaller brakes compared to the more powerful Supra 3.0. The active differential and adaptive suspension system found on the Supra 3.0 are also missing on the 255-hp variant. Other changes for the Supra 2.0 include a four-speaker audio system – the more powerful Supra gets a 10-speaker system – and manually adjustable seats compared to 14-way power-adjustable ones in the Supra 3.0. The Supra 2.0 also comes with slightly smaller wheels, 18-inch units versus the Supra 3.0’s 19-inch wheels.

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While the new Supra 2.0 is the headliner of changes for the model’s 2021 model year, Toyota also made changes to the Supra 3.0. The inline-six-cylinder engine in the sports car gets a power upgrade to 382 hp (up from 335 hp) and 368 lb-ft of torque (up from 365 lb-ft of torque). Those numbers now match what the BMW Z4 M40i offer. The increase in oomph helps the Supra 3.0 drop its zero-to-60 mph time by 0.2 seconds to 3.9 seconds.

Toyota has also retuned the chassis by adding aluminum bracing, tuning the dampers, and adding new bump stops. These changes, according to Toyota, increase roll resistance and enhance cornering stability. The sports car also gets new programming for its electric power steering system, adaptive suspension, stability control, and active differential for improved performance through quick transitions.

Every 2021 Supra now comes with the larger 8.8-inch screen as standard throughout all models. Last year’s standard 6.5-inch display is no longer offered. A new Safety and Technology Package is being offered for the 2021 model year on both the Supra 2.0 and 3.0. It brings adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, parking sensors, an emergency braking function, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

Lastly, there’s a new A91 Edition. Only 1,000 editions of the A91 will be available for purchase and they’ll only be offered in two colors: Nocturnal (black) or Refraction (blue). Refraction, which is simply gorgeous, is exclusive to the A91 Edition and is a new color for the sports car. In addition to the fancy paint job, the A91 comes with matte black wheels, a carbon fiber lip spoiler, a two-tone interior with Alcantara, carbon fiber mirror caps, and graphics on the C-pillar.

Both the Supra 2.0 and 30 will go on sale later this June. Pricing will be announced before the models go on sale, but we expect pricing to go up slightly from up the 2020 Supra 3.0’s price tag of $50,945 including destination. We’d be surprised to see pricing for the Supra 2.0 start at less than $40,000 where it would compete with the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback with the 2.3L High-Performance Package, a Mazda MX-5 Miata with the Brembo/BBS package, a base BMW Z4 sDrive30i, and the Nissan 370Z.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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