The all-new Toyota GR Supra was only introduced for the 2020 model year but the Japanese automaker has gone ahead and made big updates for 2021.
No doubt, the big news for the 2021 Toyota GR Supra is the introduction of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, the nameplate’s first-ever four-pot. As expected, it’s also sourced from BMW and it delivers 255 HP at 5,000-6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm.
Bridging the gap between the Toyota 86 and the Supra 3.0, the 2021 GR Supra 2.0 base model is far from a slouch. Hooked to the same eight-speed auto as the six-cylinder model, the Supra 2.0 is projected to do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.0 seconds and reach an electronically limited top track speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). This will make it Toyota’s second quickest vehicle in the lineup behind the Supra 3.0.
Besides a lower price point, the four-cylinder Supra will also offer improved fuel economy, though no mileage figures have been released yet. The increased efficiency will be due to the smaller engine and lower weight. This is where things get really interesting, because the entry-level Supra tips the scales at 3,181 lbs (1,443 kg), while the 2021 GR Supra 3.0 weighs 3,400 lbs (1,542 kg).
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. Furthermore, the four-cylinder Supra lacks the six-cylinder model’s Active Differential and Adaptive Suspension.
Since the weight reduction is spread throughout the car, the near 50:50 weight distribution is maintained. Toyota does not say it but the lighter front end will likely enable the Supra 2.0 to deliver sharper turn-in and increased agility in corners.
2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Now Boasts 382 HP, Revised Chassis
There’s more great news for Supra enthusiasts as the 3.0-liter model gets a power boost and revised chassis tuning for 2021. Just like in the BMW Z4 M40i sister car, 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. The gains of 47 HP and 3 lb-ft (4 Nm) over the 2020 model enable the 2021 Supra 3.0 to do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the 2020 model.
Toyota’s engineers also worked on increasing roll resistance and enhancing cornering stability of the Supra 3.0. They achieved increased lateral rigidity by adding lightweight aluminum braces that tie the strut towers to the radiator support, along with front and rear bump stops and new damper tuning.
While at it, they also adapted the programming for the electric power steering (EPS), Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Active Differential to the hardware changes. As a result, the six-cylinder Supra is said to be more stable through quick transitions, such as compound turns.
New A91 Edition Replaces Launch Edition For 2021
The third big update for 2021 is the new GR Supra A91 Edition which replaces the 2020 Launch Edition. 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.
Included in the package are a rear black carbon fiber lip spoiler, matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics and carbon fiber mirror caps. Additionally, the front Brembo brake calipers are painted red and feature the “Toyota Supra” logo (a feature also found on the 2021 Supra 3.0 Premium). Inside, the A91 Edition offers a black Alcantara leather-trimmed cabin with blue contrast, two exclusive key gloves and trunk mat.
Finally, all 2021 Supras get the 8.8-inch infotainment display as standard instead of the previous 6.5-inch unit. Changes are rounded out by the addition of the optional Safety and Technology Package and Driver’s Assist Package (only for 3.0 Premium and A91 Edition).
The 2021 Toyota GR Supra will arrive at U.S. dealers in June, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.