Toyota Announces 2.0-liter Supra With Some Unique Perks

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Up until now, the 2020 Toyota Supra has only been available with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six sourced from BMW. Producing 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, the mill is best suited for those interested in track-day excursions and tempting fate on sweeping backroads. However, there’s a new entry level model coming to Europe that caters to those seeking the Supra experience who find themselves a few grand shy of being able to buy the thing.

On Tuesday, Toyota announced the “first extension of the GR Supra sports car range” will carry a 2.0-liter turbo making 258 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. While the manufacturer calls it a new engine, it’s technically another mill sourced from BMW (the Z4 already uses it). But that shouldn’t keep it from being a welcome addition to the GR Supra party.

Like its more ambitious sibling, the 2.0-liter Supra still sends all of its power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. However, it’ll take owners roughly a second longer to hit 60 mph with this pairing. According to the manufacturer, the base-trimmed coupe takes 5.2 seconds to reach 100 kph (62 mph) and runs into the same 155 mph electronic limiter.

Fortunately, this comes with a few hidden benefits. In addition to being 100 kg lighter than the straight-six variant, the 2.0-liter Supra also has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Toyota says this makes it handle better when the going gets curvy, an argument we’ve heard echoed among advocates of the EcoBoost Mustang. Better still is that the 2.0-liter Supra doesn’t appear to have any badging that would out itself as the “lesser” model. Owners can enjoy the coupe’s superior handling without a giant “2.0” emblazoned on the side panels.

Toyota has only announced the model for the European market, with production commencing soon, though there’s good reason to believe it’ll eventually migrate to North America. Japan already has the 2.0-liter variant on offer, as well as an even tamer 194 hp model. While the latter car would assuredly cannibalize — or be cannibalized by — the Toyota 86, the former would make a great alternative to long-term Supra fans without the means (or desire) to purchase the 3.0 liter. The manufacturer also said to expect “global sales” of the 2.0 liter Supra to begin in March. Pricing, while TBD, should come in well below the $50,000 MSRP of the more powerful coupe.

There’s also to be a Fuji Speedway edition (pictured), with 200 being made for Europe. The model receives optional Connect and Sport packages — adding sport brakes, an adaptive suspension and a locking differential — and dons the paint scheme mimicking the GR livery. Special wheels will undoubtedly jack up its price further, potentially placing it just behind top-trimmed Supras. But the standard 2.0-liter variant should maintain a more comfortable distance.

[Images: Toyota]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Jan 15, 2020

    If the rumors are true that the next gen BRZ gets the turbo 2.5 H4 from the Legacy, not sure I'd want the Supra, especially "because manual" in the BRZ

    • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Jan 16, 2020

      Depending how tall you are, you may not have a choice in the matter. The manual option would be nice, yes.

  • Spartan Spartan on Jan 16, 2020

    It looks great but I hope they put better seats in the Denali this time around. The current generation seats are too hard. It's one of the reasons we moved on to an Escalade Platinum because it's just more comfortable as a daily driver. I am impressed with the overall interior and exterior design. It looks greally good. The Denali has always been easy on the eyes.

  • Steve Biro Those old tube-type, single-speaker AM radios sounded better than you’d think. AM radio offered 15khz of bandwidth in those days - not far off from the 20khz of FM. And those full-range speakers provided rich, full-toned audio that reflected off the windshield just fine. I imagine the hepcats would have easily caught jazz broadcasts on the 50,000-watt clear-channel stations out of the big cities after sunset every night. AM was pretty good in the post-war period of the late 1940’s through 1960’s.
  • Jeff The styling of this Hudson reminds me of a 49 thru 51 Mercury.
  • Arthur Dailey That is a cool car. Really hope that it somehow gets restored and back on the road in the future. As for single speaker on the dash radios. Those were still around in the early 1970's. We found a way as teenagers to live with them until we could afford to purchase a Sparkomatic or other after market radio and install it and some speakers.In the George Reeves' Adventures of Superman TV series they generally drove Nash vehicles and this car reminds me of the cars in that show.
  • Jeff This car is in remarkable condition especially the seats. Hudson Hornets were raced in the time of this car and won many car races despite having a flathead straight 6. This car looks very restorable but I guess the value makes it not worth it. Nice find.
  • Eliyahu Looks like the heater and the gauges were optional. Note the pull-out parking brake handle near them. The Hornet was also an AMC model later on. Kelvinator also made refrigerators at some point. They just don't make them like they used to-thank heavens!