Toyota announced just recently that the Toyota Supra update will get a power increase which means that finally, the Toyota Supra A90 will produce the power output it was intended to make at first. The news reached the ears of current Supra owners and some of them expressed their anger because it wouldn’t be fair as the Supra was launched just several months ago. Mind you, it was launched in SA in July 2019 and it is doing well in sales, so when this more powerful version hits our market, owners will opt to trade in their current models.
The Supra is powered by the BMW B58B30 3.0-litre turbopetrol straight-six also used in the BMW Z4 M40i and it produces 335 hp (250 kW) in the Supra. For the 2021 model, the power has been increased by 47 hp (35 kW) bringing the total to 382 hp (285 kW) which now makes it the same as the Z4 M40i. The torque has been increased to 500 Nm. These improvements should give the Supra a faster sprint time and track time but Toyota said that the top speed will remain the same limited at 250 km/h.
We knew that the Supra would not fall short of power as the concept car called the FT-HS (Future Toyota-Hybrid Sport) that was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2007, was sort of a teaser for the Supra and it had a 3.5-litre V6 Hybrid under the hood which produces 400 hp (298 kW) according to the publication. Later on, it was announced that a conjunction with BMW would create a new CLAR platform to be used on the new Supra alongside the B58 engine.
There is still the 2.0-litre turbopetrol 4-Cylinder Supra which is yet to arrive in SA and should be priced much cheaper. It still uses a BMW engine but the B48 engine which produces 255 hp (190 kW). We don’t know when the updated Supra will land in SA but according to MotorTrend, it is expected to arrive in the US in July 2020 meaning that it will be two months before it comes to SA showrooms.