Toyota GR Supra gets 2.0-litre engine and lower price
Toyota launches the smaller 2.0-litre engine in the UK, with prices starting from £45,995
- 254bhp and 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds
- 100kg lighter than 3.0-litre Supra
- On sale now
The Toyota Supra is now available with a smaller 2.0-litre petrol engine, which also gives it a lower starting price of £45,995. It may sound like a small engine for a sports car, but it matches the size of the engines fitted in the Porsche 718 Cayman and certain Jaguar F-Type models.
The BMW-sourced engine produces 254bhp, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Zero-to-62mph acceleration takes 5.2 seconds when you engage launch control (compared to 4.3 for the 3.0-litre), and the top speed is again limited to 155mph. It’s not known whether Toyota will also offer a manual gearbox.
We’re told the 2.0-litre Supra is a whole 100kg lighter than the 3.0-litre model, while the smaller size of the engine also improves weight distribution. In theory, the lesser-powered Supra should be better to drive. Running costs, both in terms of fuel economy and insurance, are also lower; Toyota quotes 38.7mpg and group 34E premiums.
The standard 2.0-litre Supra is the only one to sit on 18-inch wheels instead of 19s, but still gets all the equipment of the 3.0-litre Pro. Heated alcantara sports seats, a reversing camera, sat nav, red brake calipers and lots of safety features are all fitted as standard.
There’s also a Toyota GR Supra Fuji Speedway Edition, a limited-run version that’s named after a famous Japanese racetrack. The kit list is the same but you also get white metallic paint, black alloy wheels and red door mirrors, plus red leather inserts and carbon-fibre trim inserts. Only 45 will be built, each costing £47,395.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The Toyota Supra has been a slow seller, perhaps due to how many parts are clearly shared with the BMW Z4 but the introduction of the more affordable 2.0-litre engine may attract a wider range of buyers. The smaller engine is certainly powerful enough, and retuned suspension means the car should be very fun on a British back road. Its success will depend on the availability of good finance deals. The Fuji Speedway Edition, meanwhile, looks to be good value considering its exclusivity.