Toyota Supra 3.0 – Enhanced for 2021
Last year we witnessed the rebirth of a Japanese sports car icon – the Toyota Supra. While in some areas it redefined what the Supra is, as it’s now a two-seater and is fitted only with an automatic transmission, it sure hasn’t lost its purpose – and that is being an impressive GT sports car.
So one would think in its sophomore year, Toyota would ease up a bit and let the Supra simmer for a while. Well think again.
First off, for 2021, Toyota is offering a base model Supra to the menu, called the Supra 2.0, that is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Going with the four-cylinder, the Supra makes 255 horsepower, but more importantly, it lowers the price by $8,000, making the Supra more affordable and making it a nice bridge between the Toyota 86 and the Supra 3.0.
But that’s not all that’s in store for the Supra for 2021. If you’re dead-set that the Supra must have six-cylinders, then you’ll be pleased to know that the 2021 Supra 3.0 gets a 47 hp increase in power, making it put out 382 horses.
A few weeks ago, I spent time with the new 2.0 model. And while I missed that awesome power from the boosted six, I found it to be a great affordable way to get into a Supra.
But now it’s time for the Supra 3.0.
As mentioned, the 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 gets a healthy boost in power. But that’s not the only change the car receives. The chassis has been re-tuned along with enhancements made to the electric power steering, adaptive variable suspension, electronic stability control, and active differential programming. And if that’s not enough, there are new front and rear bumpstops and aluminum braces that increase lateral rigidity. From a race-car standpoint – these changes are huge. From a street-driven standpoint, it makes an already good handling car, handle even better.
In my time with the improved Supra, I have to admit, I didn’t notice the extra power. I thought the 2020 Supra was impressively fast – and my feelings for this 2021 model is the same. It is still crazy fast and there is way more power than most drivers will ever need. I’m sure drag-strip times will prove the presence of the extra ponies packed under the hood.
But throw the car into some corners, and the suspension changes make themselves known. It feels like a planted, composed race car. And the steering – it’s just so accurate and precise; it feels as if your thoughts are controlling the front wheels. Best of all, the go-kart handling hardly takes a toll on the ride – while hardly luxury car-like, the ride is not brutal at all.
The rest of the Supra continues as before. The unchanged body looks like something Batman would show up to fight crime in. The interior is small but cozy and the Toyota – BMW relationship shows in the center console, shifter and infotainment center, as most are BMW parts (remember, the Supra is a joint venture between Toyota and BMW).
Pricing for the Supra 3.0 starts at $50,990. If that is a bit much, the 2.0, which gives you the same Supra look but less power, starts at $42,990.
If you liked the Supra when it came out last year, but held-off on buying one, your patience has paid off. This is the one to get.
– Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium
Base Price: $54,490.00
Price as Tested: $59,205
Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Horsepower: 382 horsepower
Torque: 368 ft/lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 city / 30 highway
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