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Toyota ups GR Supra's power for 2021, adds turbo-four engine option, special edition

The Toyota Supra has two new iterations for the 2021 model year.

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The next chapter of the Toyota GR Supra is here. For the 2021 model year, the GR Supra 3.0 models get a power boost and retuned chassis, and new GR Supra 2.0 turbo-four joins the lineup. There is also a new special edition.

All the new models will arrive at dealerships in June.

2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0

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Toyota is boosting the output of the model's inline six-cylinder engine from 335 horsepower to 382 horsepower. The torque rises from 365 pound-feet to 368 pound-feet. These upgrades are achieved by changing up engine and engine-related components including a new dual-branch exhaust manifold, with six ports instead of two, that improves heat management. A new piston design reduces the engine's compression ratio from 11:1 to 10.2:1. Toyota expects that the Supra's zero to 60 mph acceleration time will decrease from 4.1 seconds to 3.9.

The 2020 GR Supra won praise for its ride/handling balance, but even the exceptional can be improved. Seeking increased roll resistance and enhanced cornering stability, Toyota retuned the Supra 3.0 chassis, adding lightweight aluminum braces that tie the strut towers to the radiator support to increase lateral rigidity, along with front and rear bump stops and new damper tuning.

The company has also reprogrammed the electric power steering, adaptive suspension, vehicle stability control, and active differential, which work in concert with the hardware changes.

2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0

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The Supra 2.0 will be Toyota's new GR Supra base model. It shares much of its technology with the Supra 3.0 including a twin-scroll turbo, direct fuel injector, and continuously variable timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts, only with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as its heart. The engine is paired with the same eight-speed automatic transmission that the 3.0 has.

This new version of the Supra has a power output is 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It too has an electronically limited top track speed of 155 mph but will have lower fuel consumption than the Supra 3.0 thanks in large part to its 200 pound weight difference that maintains the car's 50:50 weight distribution.

To shed the weight, a few key changes were made. Supra 2.0 uses smaller front brake rotors with single piston calipers, it does not have an active differential or adaptive suspension, a four-speaker sound system is standard, and instead of 14-way power-adjustable seats, the Supra 2.0 has manually adjustable seats.

2020 vs. 2021 Models

2020 vs 2021 Toyota Supra

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2021 Toyota GR Supra A91 Edition

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Toyota will offer 1,000 A91 Editions of the Supra. They will all have the 3.0-liter inline-six-cylindner engine that was standard in 2020 and will be available in two colors: Nocturnal or Refraction. The Refraction paint ob is exclusive to the A91 Edition. The cars get a rear black carbon fiber lip spoiler, matte black wheels, C-pillar graphics, and carbon fiber mirror caps. Front Brembo brake calipers are painted red and feature the "Toyota Supra" logo.

In the cabin is a black Alcantara® leather-trimmed interior with blue contrast. Each special edition comes with two exclusive key gloves and trunk mat. A 8.8-inch infotainment touch screen is standard.

The Safety and Technology Package is new for 2021 and will be available on the 2.0 and 3.0 grades. That package includes:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Parking Sensors with Emergency Braking Function
  • Navigation
  • 12-speaker 500-watt JBL Audio System
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® compatible (iOS only)
  • Supra Connected Services: up to four-year trial includes Remote Services, Remote Maintenance, Automatic Emergency Call, Real Time Traffic Information, Concierge, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and Map Updates.

The Driver's Assist Package will still be an available option on the 3.0 Premium and A91 Edition. That package includes:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full speed)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Parking Sensors with Emergency Braking Function

Expect the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 to be priced nearly the same for 2021 and the Supra 2.0 to have a lower MSRP than that model. The special edition will likely be sold at a premium.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

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The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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Southern California is one of the hotspots for pollution in the U.S.

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California is the country's largest new vehicle sales market. It's also in the crosshairs of climate change activists fighting to change decades of regulations in an effort to improve the livelihoods of the state's residents while also benefitting the plants and animals that live in the state.

Governor Gavin Newson today issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. This means that the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles will be banned in favor of battery electric (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) vehicles.

That goal is poised to eliminate 35 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of the oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide, according to the State.

Data from the State shows that the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all California's carbon pollution. Eighty percent of the that is from smog-forming pollution while 95 percent is from diesel emissions. The transportation sector includes passenger vehicles as well as shipping and other forms of mobility.

"This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," said Governor Newsom. "For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines."

The next steps include the California Air Resources Board developing regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035. Additionally, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are mandated to be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

The move to all-BEV and FCEV vehicles won't eliminate the pollutants spewed by vehicles purchased prior to 2035 or the purchase of used vehicles.

This isn’t the first time California has attempted to regulate electrified vehicles into popularity. Despite the state’s efforts, BEVs, FCEVs, and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are unpopular among buyers nationwide. Out of the 17 million vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2019, just 330,000 of them were plug-in electric cars (BEVs and PHEVs) with 80 percent of those being Teslas. Only 7,000 FCEVs were sold or leased during the same period.

Additionally, “the executive order directs state agencies to develop strategies for an integrated, statewide rail and transit network, and incorporate safe and accessible infrastructure into projects to support bicycle and pedestrian options, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities” according to a release by the Governor’s office.

Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board has approved new regulations requiring truck manufacturers to transition to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.

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