2021 Toyota Supra Review – Toyota revives the name of the legendary Supra and its brilliant performance. Underneath that shape hood is a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that Toyota says will produce 335 horsepower, but our tests have revealed that the number is fairly conservative. Since no convertible version has been announced, Supra is offered exclusively as a coupe. If you are looking for a drop-top sports car, consider the new BMW Z4, built with Austrian Supra, sharing the same foundation and powertrain.
When Toyota Supra stopped selling Stateside after the 1998 Mark IV generation, its top spec turbo variant had an MSRP of $ 40,508. In the dying sports car market, it spent more ways than most people were willing to pay for it. At that time, buyers were able to choose the much hotter BMW E36 M3 at about the same price. And the tough competition with the Porsche Boxter, who just hit the showroom, made Supra even more difficult to sell. So Toyota inevitably pulled the plug.
It was only a few years after Mark IV Supra became the star car of the first “Fast and the Furious” in Hollywood’s largest car movie franchise. It put it on a huge pedestal, put it back in the limelight. Since then, fans all over the world have shouted the revival.
After measuring the market with the FT-1 concept in 2014 and wetting the appetite of car enthusiasts, tuners and racing fans alike, Toyota had a solid enough demand to justify the return of the model. It was. Following what looked like eternity, Toyota was ultimately obliged to partner with BMW to regain the most respected nameplate. And we were one of the first groups of people to do it in and around the Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia.
Mark V 2020 Toyota GR Supra (Yes, “GR” is now part of the official name. GR stands for Gazoo Racing and Toyota’s performance partner) arrives in two forms. Base 3.0 starts at $ 49,990 and 3.0 Premium is $ 53,990. The first 1,500 comes as a special “launch edition” version at a price of $ 55,250.
After removing the positive feedback from the FT-1 concept, Toyota designers kept the design as it was and moved many clues to production splinters. For example, the “double bubble” roof is a tribute to the 2000 GT, Toyota’s first sports car in the 1960s. And the upsweep trunk line not only doubles as an integrated trunk spoiler, but also pays tribute to the original roundness and raised trunk design of the Mark IV Supra.
Due to packaging constraints from the platform shared with the BMW Z4, the production model is relatively smaller in overall size than the FT-1. But that doesn’t detract from its uniqueness. Supra is as unique as a modern Japanese sports car. Love it or hate it, it is a refreshing sight in the sea dominated by vanilla cookie cutter sedan and crossover SUV.
None of Supra’s external appointments are frivolous or excessive. This is all form follow function. Although fenders and hood vents may be blocked by plastic filler pieces, these fillers are only present to optimize aerodynamics and cooling efficiency for use in dew roads. Otherwise, all removable aftermarket tuners want to improve cooling by increasing air flow.
Similarly, the interior is a no-frill case. Toyota engineers have confirmed that their interior looks very different from the platform mate, Z4. It is simple and purposefully laid out with minimal distractions, so the driver can focus on the most important thing: driving behavior. And there is real carbon fiber that trims the center console and door, and further proves that Supra means business. As a strict two-seater, the cabin is intimate and has enough space for two full size adults on the front and theirs on the trunk.
Supra’s infotainment system is a re-hash of BMW’s latest iDrive setup, comes with a 6.5-inch screen in base format, and it’s hard to ignore the upgraded version resizing to 8.8 inches . Dual zone climate and wireless control appear to be lifting straight from the F30 3 Series. The reason is that BMW’s switchgear is smarter, more logical, and functionally ergonomic, according to Supura’s chief engineer Tatsuya Tada. But Supra gets its own bespoke analog and digital gauge clusters with a center-mount tachometer. Apparently the BMW version was not logical enough for Mr. Tada.
While recent cars have technology in bed azure and amaze the latest and greatest occupants, Supra’s technology list remains fairly minimal. Because most of the technology is behind the scenes, under the sheet metal, and all under the name of performance.
The option kit includes a sat navigator with a large screen, a head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay (Toyota’s first), a wireless smartphone charging pad, and an up-to-date JBL audio system. There is also a completely new Supra Connect app that you can download to your smartphone and receive various updates regarding the health and health of your car.
The previous generation Supra was categorized as a sports grand tourer, providing an even balance of comfort and sports driving characteristics. But this time, Toyota has transformed the Supra into a full-fledged sports coupe.
In addition to the need for a front engine with rear-wheel drive, Supra’s greatest requirement is that it comes with a straight 6 that is traditional from the start. And, according to Mr. Tada, another reason why Toyota decided to form a tag with BMW. BMW is perfect for making straight six.
Therefore, the 2020 GR Supra uses the same twin-turbocharged “B58B30” inline 6 that is installed on the BMW M340i and Z4 M40i. But it stirs 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and is in a different state. Matching the same ZF source 8-speed automatic, 60mph takes just 4.1 seconds.
And the result of that tuning is just amazing. GR Supra has lowered its hands on the Bonafeed Sports Coupe, which prioritizes performance driving above all else. Our first opportunity behind that steering was at the Shenandoah Circuit on the Summit Point Raceway. Weighing Spula under just 3,400 pounds, its perfect 50-50 weight distribution is noticeable around a very windy 2.2 mile road course and through 20 tight and undulating curves Prove it. With the adaptive suspension and active limited slip differential, the GR Supra is highly configured, controllable, very forgiving at the limits of handling, and can be a sideways action drift king overnight. It’s a proper sports coupe that goes through.
On the one-hour trip back to the VA Middelburg hotel, Supra was even more impressed with the very comfortable ride, especially when considering the very well handled way of the Shenandoah circuit. Cars that are usually treated in the same way as GR Supra often break the spine due to imperfections in the first road. This is not the case with Spula, and there is no sacrifice in body control.
Supra’s EPA fuel efficiency rating is 24/31/26 mpg city / highway / combination. But Supra’s engineers specifically stated that this was the first Toyota that didn’t have fuel economy as a goal and priority. It should tell you everything you need to know.
Tetsuya Tada pointed out that with the launch of Mark V Spra, the engineer’s perspective was clearly set on a more affordable car to replace Porsche Cayman. For intermediate sports cars, Porsche Cayman is the benchmark and defeats, and Tada knows that. But Porsche starts at $ 56,900, so it’s not only more expensive than Spula, but also comes with a turbocharged flat four engine.
Like all Toyota, Supra comes standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense Suite, bundled with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and automatic high beam headlights To do. The optional driver assist package adds parking assist sensors with full-speed range radar-guided adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alerts.
All Supras benefit from Toyota’s 3-year / 36,000-mile van parts-bumper warranty, and the powertrain gets 5 years / 60,000 miles of coverage. Toyota Care, the manufacturer’s free factory maintenance plan, is included in every new Supra that comes first for 2 years, or the first 25,000 miles. It also comes with 24/7 roadside assistance.
We take the GR Supra in a top spec 3.0 premium form that adds a larger infotainment display with touchscreen functionality, sat-nav, and JBL audio system. The downshift blue exterior is colored to match DT blue, and all the spurs are pretty much from black leather. Base 3.0 GR Supra comes with a mixture of leather and Alcantara.
The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is not astonishing as it is striking with autonomous driving and safety technologies. It is purely focused on the driver. Since GR Supra is essentially under BMW, it’s not surprising. Toyota tuners were simply left to provide components and adjust them according to their own specifications and requirements.
In any case, Supra is designed to win endless smiles on twisted roads and your local racetrack. In an era aimed at eliminating drivers and achieving self-driving cars, it is a perfect reminder of the joy of driving a really well-equipped machine.
Is it enough to satisfy Supra fans and purists? Many BMWs are playing behind the scenes to realize Supra, so it’s a turn-off for those who expect Toyota Thoroughbred maybe. However, as far as the driver’s seat knows, the 2020 GR Supra is a pure racehorse.