Toyota has boosted the performance of its shiny new GR Supra sports car just in time for Christmas.

The output of the 3.0-litre turbo straight six has been lifted 35kW to 285kW, shaving 0.2 seconds off its 0-100km/h time which now stands at 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.

The retuned engine uses a lower 10.2:1 compression ratio and generates maximum power of 285kW between 5800 and 6500 rpm.

Peak torque remains the same at 500Nm, but is delivered over a broader rev range — between 1800 and 5000 rpm.

Despite the increased power, the GR Supra maintains the same fuel economy with a figure of 7.7L/100km.

To complement the increased performance, Toyota has also installed a pair of strut braces under the bonnet 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 brake callipers of the the GTS — to further distinguish its top-of-the-range status.

Prices for the upgraded GR Supra start at $87,126 for the GT and $97,126 for the GTS.

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Launched in 2019, GR Supra builds on the momentum of the Toyota’s affordable 86 sports car.

Both grades share the same potent 3.0-litre single-scroll, turbo inline six-cylinder engine that drives through a sports-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission with Normal and Sport modes and launch control function.

The car features a rigid, lightweight aluminium and steel body structure, 50/50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity, electronically-controlled limited slip differential, and fully independent adaptive suspension.

Supra offers a high level of creature comforts including dual-zone climate control, smart entry and start, leather-accented power-adjustable sports seats and a 10-speaker multimedia system.

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

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

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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