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The arrival of the updated and more powerful 2021 Toyota GR Supra was met with much delight. In addition, there's also the new and first-ever 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder base model. Enthusiasts, of course, will be more interested in the latter with its 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six newly tuned to 382 hp and 368 lb-ft, up from 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. The excellent ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox remains. This power increase now matches the BMW Z4 M40i. Life's good, right? In America, yes, but not so in Europe.
According to Piston Heads, Toyota has confirmed the newly uprated 2021 Supra will not be offered in Europe.
Instead, output will be rated at 340 hp. How come? Because of the latest Euro6 emissions standards. The Z4 M240i is plagued by the same problem in Europe as well, so it's not exactly surprising the 2021 Supra suffers the same fate. One of the main reasons why America is getting a more powerful Supra, aside from less restrict emissions laws, is because of the competition.
Take the Ford Mustang GT, for example. It's rated at 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Even the Mustang EcoBoost boasts an impressive 310 hp and 350 lb-ft. The Chevy Camaro also packs quite punch with 335 hp and 284 lb-ft in V6 guise and 455 hp and 455 lb-ft with the V8. If Toyota aims to take these established players head-on, it needs to deliver the goods.
There was also another reason: "Because, why not?" The Euro-spec 2021 Supra will still do just fine against the competition, which also includes the Porsche 718 Cayman. Why? Because they too face the same Euro6 restrictions. But still, it will probably be a bit hard for European Supra buyers to stomach the fact their cars have an additional 37 hp in America.
If those owners are really desperate, they can always turn to aftermarket tuners for power increases, so not all hope is lost.