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TOYOTA GR SUPRA 2.0 LAUNCHED IN UK

Posted by Matt Bell on 7th January 2021

The new Toyota GR Supra 2.0 has launched in the UK with prices starting from £45,995 for the 254bhp four-cylinder sports car.

Available to order now, the 2-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder variant of the new Toyota Supra comes in at £7000 cheaper than its bigger 3.0-litre straight-six sibling. However, with that price difference comes a drop in power, too, offering up 254bhp against 335bhp in the B58-engined 3.0.

However, with a strong 295lb ft of torque going through the same eight-speed ZF automatic to the rear wheels, it produces a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds, just 0.8 seconds behind the 3.0. The two cars top speeds are both limited to 155mph. It also offers a respectable 38.6mpg.

There is a performance benefit to be had with the Toyota GR Supra 2.0 with the marque claiming that this engine is more compact and roughly 100kg lighter than the B58 six-pot, thus allowing the engineers to mount the engine further towards the middle of the car for a 50/50 weight distribution. It also claims that this “improves the car’s inertia characteristics and chassis balance for even sharper handling.” In other words, dynamically, this should be the business!

The Supra’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, said that the program’s aim was always to achieve agile steering and stable cornering, and in pursuit of this dedicated a large proportion of the time to reducing the car’s overall weight. He said: “we did not want to compromise on our targets.”

To mark the model’s arrival, Toyota is selling 45 units in limited-edition Fuji Speedway trim, which is treated to a livery inspired by the Gazoo Racing team colours. These cars are priced from £47,395.

The new model features an 8.8in infotainment screen as standard as well as 18in alloys and a host of safety equipment such as lane assistance.

Options for the new model include two packages; a Sport Pack that includes an active differential, adaptive suspension and upgraded brakes, while a Connect trim package delivers sat-nav and further connectivity features.