After a successful launch of one of their most historic nameplates, there’s now a new Toyota Supra for 2021 with more power.
Last year fans bemoaned the fact that the Supra was largely a BMW under its slippery skin. Now in 2021, Toyota has given the Supra the exact same power figures as its German counterpart, the BMW Z4. That’s sure to upset not only the purists who have yet to fully adopt the new car as cannon, but very likely the faithful who ponied up the $49,000+ to own one as soon as it was released. All of that might sound like a professional trolling job, but the truth is that these are excellent changes that make the new Toyota Supra an outstanding sports car.
For 2021, Toyota has separated the Supra into the 2.0 with a 4-cylinder engine and the 3.0 with the same 6-cylinder powerplant from last year. This year though, the 6-cylinder engine makes 382 horsepower which is a big bump from last year’s 335. In addition, Toyota has revised the steering, differential, and suspension to improve handling.
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2.0 is perfect bridge for 86 to 3.0
Sport Mode exhaust note is vicious
Better balance than last year
Too much BMW inside
Wheel options are uninspired
A91 Edition is kind of pointless
Lots of room for a Supra 2.5 option
Both the 2.0 and the 3.0 Supra are excellent sports cars, but they go about their business in different ways. The 2.0 is in many ways the perfect step up from the Toyota 86 GT, which has always been underpowered. With 255 horsepower on tap and nearly 300 ft-lbs of torque from the 2.0 Supra 4-cylinder engine, it’s easy to have a ton of fun in this very classically formatted sports car.
The 3.0 has really taken a step forward. Last year’s model was exciting for one reason only, it was called and kind of looked like the Supra of old. It wasn’t nearly as quick as we hoped it would be and combining that with all of the BMW DNA dampened enthusiasm. This year it’s coming into its own as a proper driver’s car thanks in large part to the additional power and sharper handling. While it’s not as tail-happy as we might like, the new Toyota Supra is still incredibly engaging and truly capable around a racetrack.
If we had a complaint, it would have to be the numbness in the steering wheel. Everything else in the car is sharp and will feel great, but the wheel can at times give you the silent treatment. If you’ve ever felt what it’s like for the wheel to go light as you crest a hill at speed, it’s very much like that most of the time regardless of what you’re doing. The 8-speed automatic ZF transmission is one of the best in the business and the only complaint there is that it’s the only one available. A proper 3-pedal manual really does need to be available, even if costs a few more dollars.
The new Toyota Supra 2.0 with the 4-cylinder gets pretty solid marks with 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Its more thirsty 6-cylinder brother isn’t much worse though, with ratings of 24 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. That’s good enough to let it easily compete with most everything else in the segment while still having outstanding power as well.
By far the largest drawback of owning the new Toyota Supra is that you’ll constantly be reminded of how German it is when you’re inside. Of course, at the same time, it’s by far the highest quality interior you’ll get on any “Toyota” product in 2021. If fans can get past the BMW-ness of everything inside, they’ll find that it’s all very well laid out, intuitive, and lovely to use in practice.
The seats are outstanding regardless of whether you get the manual or powered versions. The steering wheel, while not communicating much from the road, allows you to dictate all sorts of controls easily. The visibility out of the car is better than most too. Cargo is fairly easy to transport too, so long as it’s not too bulky. The opening for the rear hatch is surprisingly narrow, but there’s a pass-through that will allow longer/taller objects to be worked into the cabin when the need arises.
We love that all the new Toyota Supra models get the excellent 8.8-inch touchscreen display. It’s of course also a BMW product, but again, that’s ultimately a good thing in everyday practicality terms. The menus are intelligently laid out, the resolution is great, and the little instinctive touches are a welcome reprieve from many competitors.
One excellent feature is sort of a hidden technology easter egg. Once you’ve set your preset radio stations it can be hard to remember which is which, but not in the Supra. Simply glide over the preset without hitting it and the saved station will display in the center screen so that you can confirm it’s the one you want before selecting it.
Toyota has equipped every Supra with automatic high beam headlights, lane departure warning, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Additional features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control can be optioned. Overall, we’d love to see more standard features in the future.
The GR Supra 2.0 is the latest version of the car with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making some 255 horsepower and torque is rated at 295 ft-lbs. Inside the base Supra, you’ll find the same 8.8-inch touchscreen that’s in all trim levels as well as 8-way manual sports seats, rain-sensing wipers, a 4-speaker sound system, and black Alcantara lined seats.
This 6-cylinder version of the new Toyota Supra gets 10 speakers, chassis braces in the engine bay, an active sport rear differential, 4-piston Brembo brake calipers up front, and active variable sport suspension.
The 3.0 Premium gets full leather seating, Sport pedals, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, Apple CarPlay, Toyota Supra Connect which is a host of safety and convenience services, wireless charging, a heads up display, heated seats, and red-painted brake calipers.
This new Toyota Supra special edition comes with everything mentioned above, except the heads-up display. But it does add special 19-inch wheels, a racing decal, carbon fiber auto-folding mirrors, black and blue Alcantara sports seats, and can be optioned with a special A91 only ducktail spoiler.
Every Toyota GR Supra gets a 3-year 36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. A nice bonus for Supra owners is that for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles, all scheduled maintenance is complimentary.
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At top trim levels, the interior is luxurious and beautiful. Other than the amazing air suspension and an AWD system that’s also available on other trims, it would be hard to pay the cash for $20,000 worth of leather, style, a larger engine, and convenience. Save the luxury for your sedan, because any other Grand Cherokee trim over $40,000 will get you exactly what you need for road and trail. This is a Jeep and it wants to get dirty.