2021 Toyota Supra adds a four-cylinder and more power for the inline-six

2021 Toyota Supra adds a four-cylinder and more power for the inline-six

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The 2020 Toyota Supra finally went on sale last year as one of the most controversial new sports cars in a long time. For 2021, Toyota is adding a couple wrinkles to the Supra equation.

The biggest news for the 2021 Toyota Supra is the arrival of a turbocharged four-cylinder model called Supra 2.0. Instead of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, this Supra is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (sourced from BMW, just like the six). The four-cylinder makes 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and Toyota claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds. This is the same 2.0-liter turbo that’s in the BMW Z4 30i, although the torque figure is one pound-foot off (the Z4 makes 294 pound-feet to the Supra’s 295).

Toyota didn’t give us a manual transmission with this update, as the four-cylinder Supra will only be available with the same ZF eight-speed automatic as the inline-six is. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, same as the inline-six.

From a weight perspective, the Supra 2.0 is more than 200 pounds lighter than the 3.0-liter, coming in at 3,181 pounds. It has smaller brakes, manually adjustable seats, loses the adaptive suspension and moves down from a 10-speaker audio system to a four-speaker system.

There’s more news for the 2021 Supra than just the four-cylinder, though. 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. You may recall those figures as the exact same numbers as the BMW Z4 M40i. Toyota claims the added power drops the 0-60 mph time from 4.1 seconds to 3.9 seconds. On top of the extra power, Toyota also re-tuned the chassis by increasing roll resistance by adding aluminum bracing in the engine bay, fitting new bump stops and tweaking the damper tuning. Additionally, Toyota re-tuned the electric power steering system, adaptive suspension, stability control and the active differential.

The last nugget of Supra news is a new special model called the A91 Edition. There will only be 1,000 sold for the 2021 model year, and they’ll be available with the inline-six engine only. The package adds a carbon fiber lip spoiler, matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics, carbon fiber mirror caps, and a two-tone black and blue Alcantara interior. It’ll be available in two colors: Nocturnal black or Refraction blue. The latter is exclusive to the A91 Edition.

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February 13, 2020 at 04:10PM

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