2021 Toyota GR Supra: No Android Auto, 2.0L variant delayed

By CARSIFU | 5 May 2020

LOS ANGELES: Toyota's GR Supra will be sticking with the current BMW-based iDrive 6 infotainment system which does not support Android Auto in the next update of the sports car.  Apple Carplay support will, however, remain as standard.

While the BMW Z4 uses the latest iDrive 7 infotainment system, the Japanese carmaker in the US has not announced any plans to upgrade the Supra's software to go along with the increase in performance for the 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six engine variant.

BMW had previously said the latest iDrive 7 system will have Android Auto (wirelessly too) from July onwards and that means no smartphone-mirroring.

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It seems that the feedback Toyota USA has received from customers and dealers is that they are not clamouring for Android Auto in their infortainment system.

Production of the entry-level Supra with a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine will be delayed until possibly July due to the closure of the Magna Steyr plant due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Supra and Z4 are built at the contract assembler's plant in Austria.

Prior to the plant's closure, a batch of 400 units of the 3.0-litre variant managed to make it out and are currently headed to the US market for sale in June.

The 3.0-litre Supra gets a 14% boost in power to 382hp with torque up 4N m to 500Nm. The chassis has been finetuned firther to improve ride/handling balance.

The Supra 2.0 offers an intermediate model between the Toyota 86 and the Supra 3.0, giving the customer three distinct Toyota sports car choices.

The 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine shares much of its technology with the 3.0-liter inline-six, including a twin-scroll turbo, direct fuel injection and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. The variable intake valve lift system adjusts intake valve timing and duration. The bottom line is 255hp and a stout 401Nm of torque.

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