2021 Toyota Supra Adds 255-HP Turbo Four, and Inline-6 Gains Power

Connor Hoffman
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From Car and Driver

  • The 2021 Toyota Supra will have an updated, more powerful version of the turbocharged inline-six. There's a new four-cylinder engine option, too.
  • The six now produces 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
  • Expect to see 2021 Supras at dealers in June, starting at around $40,000 for the Supra 2.0 and $50,000 for the Supra 3.0.

We don't have to tell you that the rebirth of the Toyota Supra after a 15-year absence was an occasion. C/D gave it a 10Best award. One benefit of sharing bloodlines with BMW is that, for the 2021 model year, the Supra gets to use the more powerful 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that's found in the Z4 M40i. In addition to the updated engine, Toyota will also now offer a four-cylinder option in the U.S., which was already available in Europe and Japan.

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The 2020 Supra's single-turbo inline-six produced 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque and sent it to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds during our testing, but now for the 2021 model year it'll churn out 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. Toyota is claiming a 3.9-second zero-to-60-mph time, but we bet we'll beat that. But why didn't Toyota use this higher-output engine from the get-go? Toyota told C/D that it's because it wanted to be able to keep improving the Supra. And in its first year, that's exactly what it's doing.

Along with upgrading the engine, Toyota is revising the chassis. For 2021, Toyota added lightweight aluminum braces that tie the strut towers to the radiator support, plus front and rear bump stops and revised damper tuning, programming for the electric power steering, and adaptive dampers, differential, and stability control.

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That 200-pound-lighter, cheaper four-cylinder Supra has a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter that's also sourced from BMW, teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Toyota claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.0 seconds—1.2 seconds quicker than the last Toyota 86 we tested. However, the 2.0 does not use the same differential and adaptive dampers as the more powerful 3.0. It'll also have smaller 18-inch wheels, manually adjustable seats, and an audio system with four speakers compared to the 3.0's 10.

To kick off the 2021 model year, Toyota is offering 1000 Supra 3.0s in special A91 Edition guise. Pricing for this special edition is expected to start at around $57,000, and it's offered in Nocturnal (black) or Refraction, a new blue exterior paint job exclusive to the A91 Edition. It'll be distinguished by a black carbon-fiber lip spoiler in the rear, 19-inch matte black wheels, unique C-pillar graphics, and carbon-fiber mirrors. Inside, it has Alcantara trim and blue-accented stitching.

The 2021 Supras will arrive at dealerships in June, and now all come standard with the 2020 3.0 Premium's 8.8-inch touchscreen. Pricing is expected to start at $40,000 for the Supra 2.0, $50,000 for the Supra 3.0, $55,000 for the Supra 3.0 Premium, and topping out at $57,000 for the Supra A91 Edition.

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