Toyota Feels Justified in Making the 2021 Supra Much Better Than the 2020 Model
Not even a year after the 2020 Toyota Supra went on sale, Toyota made a surprise announcement that the 2021 model would be impressively better. So much better, in fact, that it six-cylinder model sees a 0.2-second improvement in 60-mph sprints, all thanks to a power increase of 47 horsepower and three pound-feet of torque. A cheaper, four-cylinder model will also go on sale with an impressive price tag and great performance as well. This was great news for those who waited to buy Toyota’s BMW-based halo car, but it kind of sticks it to people who jumped into dealers right away. Now, Toyota is trying to provide justification for its actions, and you’ll either agree completely or throw your phone.
Toyota Has a Hot Hatch Destined For the United States, But It’s Shrouded In Mystery
The Toyota GR Yaris made waves in the Euro market. As a pint-sized hatchback, its 1.6-liter engine is good for an impressive 257 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It even has a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. It’s the definition of a perfect recipe for a performance-oriented hatchback. Here in the States, our Yaris is based on the underpinnings of the Mazda 2 – another model that isn’t available Stateside – so a 257-horsepower GR Yaris will never call the U.S. home, unless you build it yourself, of course. However, that doesn’t mean Toyota has forgotten about the U.S. Market altogether, and a recent post on Twitter is clear cut proof that something good is coming our way.
Toyota’s Corolla GR Hatchback Aims at the VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R
Toyota has recently joined the hot-hatch market with the beefed-up GR Yaris, but it wants to expand to new segments now. With the GR Yaris aimed at the Volkswagen Polo GTI and the Ford Fiesta ST, Toyota wants a competitor for the larger and more popular Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. So the Corolla is next in line for the Gazoo Racing treatment and the good news is that it will come to the United States.
Here’s Your First Look at the 2021 Toyota Hilux
The Toyota Hilux is a compact pickup truck sold by the Japanese Automaker in many markets worldwide. The moniker was introduced back in 1968 and continues to run successfully to date. It was sold in the States when it was introduced, but the company pulled it out after eight years in 1976 and replaced it with the rather generic “Truck” badge. We do have its twin here sold since 1995, called the Tacoma.
The Hilux is presently in its eighth-generation that was launched in 2017. While the next-gen Hilux is expected to arrive in 2023, a mid-cycle refresh was on the cards for later this year. However, a website called Milele Motors has published images of the 2021 Hilux, although CarAdvice mentions that these could just be renderings based on the Hilux facelift.
This Is How the Toyota GR Hilux Is Going to Take on the Ford Ranger Raptor
Remember when Toyota said it would make high-performance trims of every model it builds? Looks like Toyota was serious about it. Interestingly, the Japanese automaker announced this in a reply to a twitter user who suggested a Hilux GRMN.
Fast forward 13 months and Toyota has announced a GR Hilux that will go up against the Ranger Raptor. The truck will feature a new diesel V-6 mill that will churn out over 250 horses. How exciting is that?
A Leak Just Presented Some Unbelievable Info About the 2021 Toyota 86
Rumors and bits of info on the upcoming new 2021 Toyota 86 have been travelling around the internet for quite some time and have been intensively covered here on TopSpeed as well.
However, a recent leak reaffirms the fact that the 86 nameplate is making a comeback, albeit as part of a new naming scheme.
The Toyota MR2 is Probably Coming, But Not As Soon As We Hoped
Rumors of a new Toyota MR2 go back as early as at least 2010 but they really came back to life after Toyota launched the new 2020 Toyota Supra and Tetsuya Tada (the head engineer behind the Supra) said he wanted to bring the three brothers back. Since then, there have been a number of developments, including rumors that it could be an electric sports car and that Toyota wanted to partner with Porsche to build it. Now, however, it looks like all your hopes and dreams were, well, a little premature.
The 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 - A New Platform and More Power
We’ve been preaching news about the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ rather consitently for a while now – everything from the lack of turbo in this generation to the fact that the updated twins are on their way even [what will change with the next-gen models.→art185720] Now, we’re looking at the next-gen models debuting sometime in 2021, if we’re lucky, and there’s a lot of new information to discuss.
2020 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept
The 2020 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept is a show car that previews the second-generation Mirai. Introduced in 2015, the Toyota Mirai was the first hydrogen production model offered in North America. The 2020 Mirai Sedan Concept shows a completely redesigned model on the outside, now featuring a sportier body with a four-door sedan layout. The production model will arrive in late 2020.
Although it’s labeled as a concept car, this vehicle gives us serious hints as to what to expect from the production-ready second-gen Mirai. That’s because the car you’ll find in dealerships will be almost identical. The big news besides the new exterior design and the more refined interior is the Premium RWD Platform that replaces the old architecture. And yes, this means that the second-gen Mirai will drop the FWD layout in favor of a sportier RWD setup. Toyota also promises a 30 percent increase in driving range and increased hydrogen capacity.
Sorry Toyota Supra Owners; You Got Played - the New Toyota 86 Will Be Better Than the Supra
Imagine a scenario where the shiny new toy you’ve been waiting years to own finally gets released. Your excitement levels shoot through the roof and you can’t wait for the day when you finally take ownership of that toy. Now, imagine the toymaker releasing the toy of your dreams and then following that up by announcing plans to develop a cheaper toy that will be better than the toy you’ve been waiting for years to own. Bit of a bummer, right?
That’s the predicament prospective owners of the Toyota Supra now face after Toyota’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, indicated that Toyota is looking to create a new 86 sports car that could surpass the recently launched Toyota Supra. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Toyota finds a way to flip the narrative once again.
Think Driving Nannies Are Bad Now? Toyota Wants to Tell You When You Can and Cannot Drive
Driving nannies are already starting to get a little ridiculous. If you try to take a turn too quickly, your car’s advanced stability control system may automatically apply the brakes and keep you in check. Perhaps the car doesn’t think you brake soon enough, so it brakes for you – hell, there are even situations where autonomous braking systems have been accused of braking for no reason. What if your car could evaluate your driving skills and determine what you’re able to do? What if your car can determine whether or not you drive on the freeway, in snow, or in the rain. What if your car determines how close to the imposed speed limit you can get? Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, Toyota thinks that’s the answer to driving safety.
An Unlikely Partner Could Help Toyota Revive the MR2
The Toyota MR2 was a legendary mid-engined compact sports car that instantly developed a cult following thanks to its impeccable design, mid-engined layout, and overall driving dynamics. Auto enthusiasts everywhere shed a tear when Toyota discontinued the compact sports car back in 2007 after three generations and 23 years on the market. As was the case with the Toyota Supra, old-school fanboys have been scratching at the door begging Toyota to bring back the MR2. It worked for the Supra, it worked for the 86, but can it work for the MR2 as well?
When the 2020 Toyota Supra launched, Tetsuya Tada made it clear that he wanted the “three brothers” back in the Toyota family once again. We have two, and we’re waiting on a third; the MR2, of course. Much like the Toyota 86 (twined with the Subaru BRZ) and the Toyota Supra (twined with the BMW Z4), Toyota can’t justify building another sports car on its own. The Japanese brand needs to branch out and partner up yet again. Tada has someone very unlikely in mind.