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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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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


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The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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Vehicle sales numbers

Toyota has sold over 50 million Corollas

Toyota has sold tens of millions of Corollas over the last 55 years.

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The Toyota Corolla entered its 12th generation in 2019, after more than 50 years on sale. Now, in 2021, the automaker says the car has reached another benchmark, this time with an almost unbelievable number attached to it. In Today, Toyota says that in July 2021, it sold the 50-millionth Corolla. That's almost one Corolla sold for every six Americans alive today, though the sales total includes international vehicles as well.


1969 Toyota Corolla The Corolla's frugal powertrain helped it grow quickly in the United States.Toyota


The Corolla debuted in 1966 but didn't make its way to our shores until spring 1968. Sold as a 1969 model, the car had a starting price of around $1,700 at a time when the median household income was $7,700. The first cars had a short-stroke 1,077-cc four-cylinder engine, 12-inch wheels, and a four-speed manual transmission. That powertrain produced only 60 horsepower, which was good for the car to (eventually) reach 60 mph in about 17 seconds.

Though the car's quality and design helped, it was the oil crisis in the early 1970s that really pushed it to the top of buyers' lists. Big American cars powered by V8 engines fell out of favor as fuel rationing and higher prices took hold. The early Corolla's fuel economy of over 35 mpg helped it earn a place in many Americans' driveways as a result.


2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation


Toyota notes that it was building Corollas in the United States by the mid-1980s and says that the current generation car is built at its manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The automaker's new joint plant with Mazda, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama, will start building the new Corolla Cross this summer.

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