It looks like Toyota is broadening the Supra lineup elsewhere, as it has just introduced a new turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line-four engine option for its flagship sports car in the US. Sad news? Nope. No complaints from this end—except for the fact that we don't get this option here.
You see, this powertrain still has more than enough oomph, generating 255hp and 400Nm of torque. And to make things even better, Toyota has been able to cut the 2.0-liter Supra’s weight significantly, making it at least 90kg lighter than its 3.0-liter sibling. With an eight-speed automatic mated to this smaller mill, the Supra can do 0-60mph (97kph) in just 5sec—that’s still pretty fast, we’d say.
But if you disagree that less is more in this case, then don’t worry. Toyota has revealed that the Supra’s 3.0-liter straight-six turbo will still be available, and with a slight boost in power at that. The engine is still mated to an eight-speed automatic but now produces 382hp and 498Nm, up from 335hp and 494Nm. With this better-tuned setup, this Supra can now do 0-60mph in just 3.9sec.
This same setup under the hood has also been equipped in the A91 Supra. This special-edition model comes with a host of aesthetic upgrades such as matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics, and a leather-clad interior. Toyota has revealed that only 1,000 units of the A91 model will be made available.
The 3.0 Premium and A91 Edition Supras will also get upgrades such as a new 8.8-inch infotainment system as standard, along with an option to add in the driver’s assist package. Said package includes features such as dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors with emergency brake function.
The safety and technology package, meanwhile, will be optional in the 2.0-and 3.0-liter variants. This package includes all the tech in the driver’s assist package along with navigation, a 12-speaker JBL audio setup, wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, and the Supra Connected Services features.
As far as prices go, the 2.0-liter Supra starts at $42,990 (P2.15 million) while the 3.0-liter model has a $50,990 (P2.55 million) price tag. The 3.0 Premium variant, on the other hand, starts at $54,490 (P2.73 million), while the A91 Edition is priced at $55,990 (P2.8 million).
What do you think of the changes Toyota just made? Do you think Toyota Motor Philippines should make this smaller engine option available here in our market as well?
NOTE: This story has been edited to clarify that the new engine option is new in the US market, but has been available elsewhere.