Although it may seem like just yesterday that Toyota introduced the fifth-generation Supra (and we are still very smitten by it), it has actually been a little over a year since its launch, and Toyota felt like it’s time for an upgrade.
Confusing naming aside (it’s officially called the 2021 Toyota GR Supra), the new update brings a more powerful engine, along with a retuned chassis.
The 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine in the Supra now churns out 387 hp, up from 340 hp. Torque has been marginally increased, but more importantly the power band has been widened, with peak torque available all the way up to 5,000 rpm.
However, if you can recall, our own test suggests that the Supra produces more power than stated on power, so we’ll have to wait and see if the new figures are accurate. Either way, Toyota claims that the GR Supra can now do the century sprint in 3.9 seconds.
Toyota says that the boost in power comes from a new dual-branch exhaust manifold, now with six ports instead of two previously. A new piston design also reduces the engine’s compression ratio from 11:1 to 10.2:1.
If you are eagerly waiting for a new manual option, you’re out of luck this time as the updated Toyota Supra is still only available with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Handling on the Toyota Supra has also been improved with this latest update, thanks to the new lightweight aluminium braces that for increased lateral rigidity, along with updated front and rear bump stops, and a new damper tuning.
Toyota has also revised the programming for the electric power steering, Adaptive Variable Suspension, Vehicle Stability Control, and the active differential.
As a result of the refined hardware and software, Toyota claims that the updated Supra is more stable through quick direction changes, with increased roll resistance and enhanced cornering stability.
Inside, the Americans get some new features that we Malaysians already get as standard, such as an 8.8-inch infotainment display, as well as the Toyota Supra Safety System which includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
However, the updated GR Supra also comes with a new Wireless Apple CarPlay option, a feature currently still limited to just a handful of cars.
To commemorate the launch of the updated GR Supra, Toyota is also offering 1,000 units of the A91 Edition, available in Nocturnal Black or the gorgeous Refraction Blue (pictured here), the latter is an all-new colour to the Supra, available exclusively on the A91 Edition.
Similar to the Launch Edition last year, the A91 Edition comes with some added visual flair including a carbon fibre lip spoiler, matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics, and carbon fibre mirror caps.
The A91 Edition also comes with an exclusive black Alcantara leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching, and will be delivered with two exclusive “key gloves” and trunk mat.