Toyota gives GR Supra a Christmas bonus power boost

TOYOTA is set to deliver performance car fans an early Christmas present, with the upgrading of the GR Supra bringing a power boost of 35kW, taking the 3.0-litre turbo straight six to 285kW.

Arriving in dealerships this week, the faster version shaves 0.2 seconds off it’s 0-100km/h time, with the iconic rear-drive, two-door coupe able to cover the sprint in just 4.1 seconds.

The power boost comes as part of an upgrade aimed at further improving the already potent performance of the car, including the addition of under-bonnet strut braces to improve rigidity and handling.

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Toyota Australia VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, said the modifications to the GR Supra would ensure it continued to deliver the pure sports car performance that was at the heart of the GR brand.

“TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and our GR brand portfolio of cars is all about pushing the limits and where we can, we will deliver every ounce of performance potential,” Mr Hanley said.

“This upgrade for GR Supra will continue our quest to deliver ever-better cars, with more power and under-bonnet bracing that will further enhance the thrilling driving experience offered by this iconic car,” he said.

The retuned engine uses a lower 10.2:1 compression ratio than previously and generates a maximum power of 285kW. Peak torque remains the same at 500Nm but is delivered over a broader rev range.

Despite the increased power, the GR Supra maintains the same fuel economy with a figure of 7.7-litres/100km. To complement the increased performance, Toyota has also installed a pair of strut braces under the bonnet.

This is designed to help prevent the chassis flexing during cornering, giving the car a more rigid structure to enhance it’s agile handling.

Aesthetically, the car remains as stylish as before with the only change being a Supra logo applied to the large red front callipers of the brakes for the GTS model to further distinguish its top-of-the-range status.

The GR Supra re-ignited Toyota’s performance car heritage when the low-slung, two seater, no-compromise sports car was launched here in 2019. Two grades are available, in the form of the GT and GTS.

Both share the potent 3.0-litre single-scroll, turbo inline six-cylinder engine that drives through a sports-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission with Normal and Sport modes and launch control function.

To deliver the ultimate agility and performance, the GR Supra features a rigid, lightweight aluminium and steel body structure, 50/50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity, electronically-controlled limited slip differential, and independent adaptive suspension.

Providing a very high level of safety is an extensive suite of Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance features including active cruise control, pre-collision safety system with daytime pedestrian and cyclist detection, and lane departure alert.

The package works together with a reversing camera, blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, and rear-end collision warning.

As a premium sports car, it offers a high level of creature comforts that include dual-zone climate control, smart entry and start, leather-accented power-adjustable sports seats and a 10-speaker multimedia system.

The GR Supra GTS adds sports pedals, head-up display, larger 19-inch forged alloy wheels and a 12-speaker premium JBL surround sound audio system.

The upgraded GR Supra is available in a choice of seven colours, including Fuji White, Suzuka Silver, Goodwood Grey, Monza Red, Silverstone Yellow, Bathurst Black and for GTS only in limited numbers, Nurburg Matte Grey.

The Toyota GR Supra GT is priced from $87,126 (plus on-roads) whilst the GR Supra GTS comes in at $97,126 (plus on-roads). For further information, please contact your local Toyota dealership.

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Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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