Toyota GR Supra gets power bump for 2020

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Chief engineer Akio Toyoda’s promise of annual updates to Toyota’s GR Supra halo has been fulfilled, with the reveal of a fleet of revisions for its born-again sports car.

2019 Toyota GR Supra GTS Monza Red.
Australian-spec 2019 GR Supra GTS

The headline change has occurred under the bonnet, where engineers have fettled with the Supra’s 3.0-litre ‘B58’ turbocharged inline-six to extract an additional 35kW of power, bringing total outputs to 285kW and 500Nm (the latter remains unchanged).

The power boost – delivered thanks to a new six-port exhaust manifold and revised piston design (with a lower compression ratio) – brings the coupe up to par with the latest BMW M40i models – all powered by 285kW B58 motors – of the M340i, X3/X4 M40i and Supra platform-mate Z4 M40i.

No performance figures have been claimed locally, but Toyota USA reports a 3.9-second 0-60mph (97km/h) time, down two tenths from MY20’s 4.1-second sticker.

2019 Toyota GR Supra GTS Nurburg Matte Grey.
Australian-spec 2019 GR Supra GTS.

Joining the engine upgrades is a revised suspension package, which promises “greater rigidity” and “more track-focused handling” courtesy of aluminium strut braces under the bonnet, retuned dampers and stability control, and new bump stops.

These changes will land in Australia later in 2020, potentially as a 2021 model-year offering, with a price increase to boot. Until then, Toyota Australia promises a new batch of 250kW-spec Supras has been secured, with sales set to go through conventional dealerships as opposed to the online reservation model employed in 2019.

Live on the opposite side of the Pacific however, and the updates updates don’t stop there.

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US-market 2021 GR Supra 2.0.

American customers gain the option of a cheaper ‘2.0’ variant, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine – also borrowed from the BMW lineup – developing 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Drive is still sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, though the 0-60mph (97km/h) sprint time jumps to 5.0 seconds, and top speed falls to 155mph (250km/h).

Fewer cylinders translate to less weight, with the four-pot Supra tipping in at 1443kg – 99kg lighter than the six-cylinder 3.0.

It also lacks many of the flagship’s performance goodies, sporting single-piston front brake calipers (down from four-piston), smaller brake discs, four-speaker sound system (down from 10), manually-adjustable sports seats, 18-inch alloy wheels (from 19″) and the omission of adaptive dampers and an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

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US-market 2021 GR Supra A91 Edition.

Compensating, however, is a 50:50 weight distribution, enabling greater agility and sharper turn-in in the bends.

Replacing 2019’s Launch Edition is the A91 Edition, a 1000-unit limited-run special based on the flagship 3.0 Premium. Available in Nocturnal Black or Refraction Blue, it scores a carbon-fibre rear lip spoiler, C-pillar graphics, carbon-fibre mirror caps, matt black alloy wheels and a black Alcantara interior with blue contrast stitching.

The revised Toyota GR Supra is scheduled to hit US dealerships in June.

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