Over a month ago we received an invite from Toyota to return to the Daytona 500. Didn't quite exactly know why (and it sure as hell wasn't to solely watch the NASCAR race), but today we found out exactly what the news was about - the next phase of the GR Supra. The now A91-dubbed platform will receive an updated B58 Supra engine, software tuning and chassis rigidity while the North American market will also welcome the 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged powertrain, a trim level that's already available in Japan.
10 Things to Know About the Refined 2021 3.0-liter Supra
1. Horsepower numbers for the 3.0-liter inline-six have jumped from 335hp at 5,000 to 6,500rpm to 382hp at 5,800 to 6,500rpm (a 14-percent increase).
2. Torque rises from 365 lb.-ft. at 1,600 to 4,500rpm to 368 lb.-ft. at 1,800-5,000rpm (noticeably higher torque at higher rpm).
3. Time for 0-60mph is now in the 3s, from 4.1 to 3.9 seconds.
4. It features a redesigned dual-branch exhaust manifold, which consists of six ports instead of two (said to improve heat management and we're told this is U.S.-exclusive and stems from easier emissions regulations compared to foreign markets).
5. A new piston design reduces compression from 11:1 to 10.1:1 (haven't confirmed yet but our guess is they bumped up the boost, too).
6. Eight-speed automatic ZF transmission remains with paddle shifters - sorry, no manual in sight folks.
7. Suspension tweaks include aluminum strut and radiator support braces for rigidity, plus new bump stops, and the dampers have been retuned.
8. To make the Supra more stable, programming was updated to power steering, adaptive suspension, stability control, and active diff.
9. Not sure why the factory front calipers on the 2020 model were bare (especially for being four-piston Brembos), but for the 3.0 Premium and A91 edition the calipers will be painted red along with the Toyota Supra logo.
10. All Supra models will receive the 8.8-inch touchscreen, meaning the base model's 6.5-inch screen has been dropped. We should also note Toyota will be offering a new Safety and Technology Package as an option.
10 Things to Know About the 2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder Turbo Supra
1. As you might guess, like the 3.0L engine the 2.0-liter is a powertrain plucked from BMW (B48 engine) and retuned by Toyota for the Supra. It shares similar technology like the twin-scroll turbo, direct injection, and continuously variable valve timing. Fuel consumption will be more economical, but no official numbers have been issued.
2. In this trim the Supra makes 255hp at 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,550 to 4,400rpm. We will not be getting the 194hp model that's available in Japan (thank goodness). Same eight-speed automatic from the inline-6 model is used.
3. Estimated 0-60mph is 5.0 seconds, more than a full second slower than the 3.0 model.
4. Curb weight is 3,181 lbs., 200 lbs. lighter than the inline-six model.
5. Still 50:50 weight distribution (with no passenger) and said to handle much differently than the 3.0.
6. Honey, we shrunk the brakes: Smaller front rotors are on this version, at 330x24mm vs 348x36mm on the 3.0L, and single-piston calipers are now up front versus the 3.0's four-piston Brembos. There's less unsprung weight, but does it come with a sacrifice in braking performance?
7. No active differential or adaptive suspension in the four-cylinder.
8. In case you care about the radio, the 2.0 gets a dumbed down stereo system that's 4 speakers instead of 10.
9. Manual seats are used compared to the 14-way adjustable power ones in the 3.0 model (we don't mind this at all for the weight savings but hope they're still comfy).
10. 18-inch cast wheels are standard, as opposed to the 19-inch forged ones on the inline-six model; same tire footprint, though with 255-series front and 275-series rear.
4 Things That Make an "A91 Edition" Supra
An A91? This confused us too, as we thought this new chassis code would be for the 4-cylinder model, but it's not. A91 is what the Supra is now, and to commemorate that Toyota created special "A91 Edition" Supras, which will be numbered just like the Launch Editions. According to Toyota, there will be more special edition Supras unveiled year after year, too; A91 Edition highlights include:
1. 1,000 A91 Edition Supras offered will be sold and only with a 3.0-liter inline-6
2. Available in two colors, Nocturnal black and Refraction blue (Refraction is exclusive to A91 Editions and pictured here)
3. Styling updates include the carbon-fiber rear lip spoiler, matte black wheels (similar to Launch Edition), C-pillar graphics, and carbon-fiber mirror caps
4. Alcantara and leather trimmed steering wheel with blue contrast is the only apparent change in the interior. Oh wait, you get a different trunk mat, too
Sam's 5 Final Thoughts About the New of the 2021 Toyota Supra
1. The Supra was already receiving a lot of heat for its sharing of components with BMW, but now Toyota has made it a 4-cylinder? Is this still a Supra? Should they have gone with a more affordable turbocharged 86 instead? Or named it something else like the Celica? Not sure I love it, but I guess this could definitely make for a lot more Supra owners around the world. Looking forward to the first test drive to really see how the power delivery and driving dynamics are different.
2. I'm very interested to see what the aftermarket will do to make the 4-cylinder faster than the 6. To me, it sounds like another example of the BMW 3-Series ousting the flagship M3 with only a few simple bolt-ons and ECU reflash for a fraction of the price. Except in the case of Supra, visually there isn't enough that makes the 2.0 and 3.0 different, minus the smaller brakes, wheels, and exhaust.
3. With 255hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2.0 Supra is rated less than other turbo-4 cars out there like the 306hp Honda Civic Type R, 288hp VW Golf R, and 310hp Subaru WRX STI. Doesn't this hurt the Supra's stature? And will the Supra 2.0 compare?
4. For creating a whole new chassis code called A91, I expected the 4-cylinder to be named it, or perhaps a convertible or something. Making some marginally special edition Supra an A91 is a bit of a weird one.
5. Lastly, I'm shocked the 3.0-liter model already received updates in less than a year. New pistons, manifold, more boost, and 47 more horsepower?! Can I trade up my Supra project car to the 2021 model, Toyota?