Toyota is bringing a new entry-level variant of its GR Supra sports car to Europe, swapping the 3.0-litre turbocharged straights-six for a 258bhp four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the aims of bringing GR Supra to a wider customer base.
One year on from the world debut of the GR Supra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota is announcing details of the first extension of its sports car range with the introduction of a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.
Offered in addition to the established 3.0-litre, straight-six turbo unit, this new powerplant will deliver dynamic benefits as well as bringing GR Supra to a wider customer base.
“The new 2.0-litre engine widens the Supra’s market appeal and, being lighter and more compact than the 3.0-litre unit, improves the car’s inertia characteristics and chassis balance for even sharper handling.” says Toyota.
The new 2.0-litre engine is an in-line, four-cylinder unit fitted with a single twin-scroll turbocharger mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. It delivers genuine sports car performance and a rewarding experience for the driver: maximum power is 190 kW (258bhp) and peak torque output is 400 Nm, enough to propel the entry level Supra from standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds and a maximum (electronically limited) speed of 250 km/h.
“The smaller size and reduced weight of the new engine bring specific dynamic benefits to the GR Supra. Where the entry-level model is concerned, the car tips the scales 100 kg lighter than its 3.0-litre counterpart. And because the engine is more compact, it is positioned closer to the centre of the vehicle, helping secure an ideal 50:50 front-rear weight balance. This contributes to the car’s responsiveness, agility and confidence-inspiring handling.” says the company.
“To achieve agile steering and stable cornering, we worked very hard to reduce the new car’s weight, while aiming for a 50:50 weight balance,” said GR Supra Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada. “This presented us with huge challenges, but we did not want to compromise on our targets.”
Notably, the new 2.0-litre GR Supra achieves the same “golden ratio” of 1.55 for optimum handling performance, a quality defined by the ratio between the car’s wheelbase and track dimensions.
The new 2.0-litre GR Supra will be offered with standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, a four-speaker audio system with 8.8-inch display and sports seats upholstered in black Alcantara. Standard safety equipment will include Pre-Crash Safety with Braking Function, Pedestrian and Cyclist detection with Braking Function, Lane Keep Assist [LKA] with Active Steering, Road Sign Assist and an Intelligent Speed Assist.
Customers can further personalise their Supra’s with a series of option packages.
The Connect pack adds a navigation system and connectivity for links to useful on-line services, while the Sport pack introduces an active differential, adaptive variable suspension and sports-quality brakes to increase the car’s performance driving potential.
Customers who option the Premium pack gain a host of high-quality comfort and convenience features, including a 12-speaker JBL premium sound system, head-up display, wireless smartphone charger, black leather upholstery and power seat adjustment with memory setting. It also takes in the elements of the Connect pack, plus additional storage and lighting features.
There is also an exclusive, limited edition Fuji Speedway version available at launch. The limited edition Supra features unique white metallic paint finish for the bodywork with contrasting 19-inch matt back alloy wheels and red door mirror housings. Carbon fibre dashboard trim inserts and striking red and black Alcantara upholstery adorn the cabin. The colour choices evoke those of the official TOYOTA GAZOO Racing livery.
Where equipment specifications are concerned, the Fuji Speedway also comes fully loaded with all the features of the Connect and Sport packs (detailed above). This Fuji Speedway edition is built for the launch of the 2 litre with production strictly limited to just 200 examples in Europe.
Production of the new 2.0-litre GR Supra is due to commence shortly, ahead of its European sales launch in March.