By on January 14, 2020

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]

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46 Comments on “Toyota Announces 2.0-liter Supra With Some Unique Perks...”

  • avatar

    Just another worthless Toyoduh that would look better the moment it is totaled by the insurance company.

  • avatar

    I like the idea of this, but this seems like the perfect place for a manual transmission. Make it the lighter, “purist” option. But I think I would rather have a Miata, especially if it’s not a daily driver.

  • avatar

    It’s not a Toyota.

    • 0 avatar

      And its not attractive either. I saw two just this week. One was next to me at a light. Sure enough the driver revved the engine and took off. Given the traffic situation I drove my C7 like a normal person and arrived right next to him at the next light. I’m sure he told everyone how he smoked a ‘Vette despite the fact that both cars would reach 60 MPH in the same time.

      • 0 avatar

        I have to agree that, in person, these are really, really, ugly looking. There is no “flow” to the design; it’s a Frankenstein of styling elements rather poorly combined. One of the major disappointments for me upon close examination is that ALL of the vents in the bodywork – in the nose, in the hood, in the front fenders, in the rear flanks, in the tail end – ALL of them are fake. They are merely styling elements made of black plastic with no ability to move any air. The most offensive one is giant appendectomy scar in the door. The body is obviously shaped to channel air into that vent, er, black stripe of plastic. Pathetic. If they we’re at least functional the ugliness of the car could be rationalized…

        I don’t recall the name of the designer, but when he gets to Hell, he’ll be bunking with Chris Bangle.

    • 0 avatar

      No, it isn’t. I toured the Toyota Museum in Japan, and they have a history….2000GT anyone ? Real Supras….why they’d contract this out to BMW, I can only assume sheer laziness.

  • avatar

    Pathetic automatic scum.

  • avatar

    Nobody cares about this car.

  • avatar

    Comments on the car have been so universally negative I’ve given up my thoughts about buying one.

  • avatar

    “Dons” the paint scheme, not “dawns”.

  • avatar

    Why not just buy a real BMW? That’s the usual complaint you hear from Cadillac haters despite Cadillac sharing nothing with BMW. Yet Supra is the uglified version of BMW and we seriously discussing it as a Toyota’s second coming.

  • avatar

    Will the BMW motor fit into a Corolla hatchback? That would be pretty cool.

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    Neither this nor the BMW are anything I could afford, or would even want, but I dare say the BMW is the better looking of the two; the BMW still looks insectoid. That’s a feat considering BMW hasn’t produced anything I’d consider attractive since the mid to late 90s 5 series.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Can we at least call it a Celica? There was a time when they were very similar but the Supras got the 6 vs the 4 cylinder.

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    If you want a good $60,000 sports car, buy a C8 Corvette.
    If you want a 4-cylinder sports car, buy a Miata.
    If you want a tuner car with a lightweight modern inline-6, buy a used B58 engine from Ebay and swap it into a used GT86/BRZ chassis. Costs less than a BMW, has Japanese styling, and yields similar performance.

    Either way there’s no reason to buy the MkV Supra, and there’s CERTAINLY no reason to buy a 4-cylinder variant. GM blew Toyota out of the water on this one. I would have been OK with a BMW powerplant if the entire rest of the car was Toyota-designed, manufactured in Japan to Toyota QC standards, and offered a manual. But for some reason the world’s biggest automaker cheaped out on development and gave us this….THING….for a halo car. >_<

    • 0 avatar
      The Ghost of Buckshot Jones

      Man, there’s some dumb comments, and then there’s…that. Good Lord child.

    • 0 avatar

      Noble713 wrote: “If you want a good $60,000 sports car, buy a C8 Corvette.
      If you want a 4-cylinder sports car, buy a Miata.
      If you want a tuner car with a lightweight modern inline-6, buy a used B58 engine from Ebay and swap it into a used GT86/BRZ chassis. Costs less than a BMW, has Japanese styling, and yields similar performance.”

      Sorry Ghost, but I have to agree with Noble713 here. Other than straight-line speed, the 4-cylinder version of this care will do nothing better than a Miata. The I6 version has to duke it out in the marketplace with the C8. Will anyone who doesn’t work for Toyota or BMW choose this car over a C8? Even the Chinesium parts and inevitable interior bit rattles in the Corvette won’t sway most drivers from the value proposition of a mid-engine V8.

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    Hmm Nice Celica!!

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    Japaneses automakers only went Hog Wild on sports cars due to the VER embargo on Japanese autos, 1981-94. Otherwise they’re not big fans of sports cars.

    Yeah there’s been a few scrappy “sporty” cars from them, before, during and after, but don’t expect greatness to return.

    • 0 avatar

      The LFA was truly great, and the stories about the dedication that went into the design and assembly of it are legendary.

      It’s too bad there wasn’t a program of that magnitude to create something more affordable with the same ethos.

  • avatar

    This car is the result of trying to manufacture a “legend” on an assembly line….

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    Like many here, my problem with the Supra is that it’s not really a Toyota. Partnering with BMW may have made financial sense in the beginning because they wanted to share costs with another mfg, but what happens to the reputation of this car when owners hit 60k miles and the repair bills start rolling in?

    BMW mechanicals are great until then. It’s then a game of whack a mole with repairs and maintenance on items that other manufacturers don’t struggle with.

  • avatar
    Rick Astley

    Finally saw my first new Supra in the wild yesterday here in Seattle!

    All I can say is that my opinion has changed from “Ew gawd, it’s an ugly Z4 with fake vents everywhere” to a firm “It actually looks worse in person and all my friends said seeing it in person would change my mind”.

  • avatar

    I actually kinda like the looks of the current Civic, but this thing is a bridge–or two, or three–too far. Do not want.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    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

  • avatar

    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.

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