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2021 Toyota Supra Review

The 2021 Toyota Supra, which was jointly developed with the BMW Z4, is Toyota‘s highest-performing model. The 2-seat rear-wheel drive coupe offers a choice between two turbocharged engines that complement its driving-enthusiast tuning. Although the Supra was recently reintroduced as an all-new model for the 2020 model year, the 2021 version has a few meaningful updates.

What’s New for 2021?

Toyota made several changes to the 2021 Supra, and that’s unusual for a vehicle in its second year of production. Most notable is a new, BMW-sourced 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The new 2.0 trim has fewer performance parts and less standard content. Also new is a limited-production A91 Edition based on the 3.0 trim. Lastly, the larger 8.8-in central display is now standard on all Supras. See the 2021 Toyota Supra models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Highest-performing Toyota model
  • World-class engineering
  • Excellent handling
  • Strong acceleration

What We Don’t

  • Lacks a true Toyota vibe
  • Stiff ride
  • Limited cargo capacity

How Much?

Toyota hadn’t announced the pricing on the 2021 Supra at the time of publishing, but we expect the MSRP to undercut a comparably equipped Porsche 718 Cayman by more than $10,000 and a Jaguar F-Type by more than $20,000. The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray carries a premium of about $10,000 over the Supra, and the aging Nissan 370Z has a base price about $10,000 less expensive.

Fuel Economy

Toyota offers two engines in the 2021 Supra. The entry model is fitted with a new, BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. Toyota hasn’t yet released fuel economy figures for the 2.0-liter engine, but we anticipate about 24 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are the figures from the 2020 BMW Z4, its mechanical twin.

Premium models boast a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that’s been upgraded for the 2021 model year to develop even more horsepower. The standard 8-speed automatic transmission is unchanged. Despite the bump in power, the 2021 Supra 3.0 delivers the same fuel economy as the 2020 model: 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy.

For comparison, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette delivers 15 mpg city/27 mpg hwy with a standard 6.2-liter V8, and the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S delivers 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine.

Standard Features & Options

Toyota kept the Supra’s options rather simple, equipping even the standard models with a comprehensive list of features and equipment. Every model arrives with a multifunction smart key with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, heated and power folding exterior mirrors, automatic dimming mirrors, LED headlights and a 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth.

Four-cylinder models are fitted with 18-in cast alloy wheels, single-piston brake calipers and manually operated sport seats. Premium 6-cylinder models are upgraded with 19-in forged alloy wheels, 4-piston front brake calipers, an electronic rear differential, adaptive dampers, an active exhaust, 14-way power adjustable sport seats and a 12-speaker premium JBL sound system with 500 watts of power.

Last year’s Launch Edition has been discontinued. It’s been replaced by the A91 Edition, which is limited to just 1,000 units. These rare models will feature the 3.0-liter engine and will be offered in just two colors: Nocturnal or Refraction. Inside the cabin, the A91s will feature a black Alcantara leather-trimmed interior with blue contrasting stitching. Carbon-fiber and matte black accents on the lip spoilers, wheels, C-pillars and mirror caps will distinguish the A91s from their standard siblings.

The Safety & Technology Package is new for 2021, and it will be offered on the 2.0 and 3.0 models. The package includes dynamic radar cruise control (full-speed), a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors with emergency braking, navigation, a 12-speaker premium JBL sound system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Supra connected services. Also available is a Driver Assist Package offered on the 3.0 and A91 that includes dynamic radar cruise control (full-speed), a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors with emergency braking.

Safety

Toyota equips the 2021 Supra with a full complement of standard safety equipment — but given the vehicle’s BMW componentry, Toyota won’t be marketing the system as Toyota Safety Sense, like it does with the rest of its lineup.

Standard safety tech consists of forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. Full-speed adaptive cruise control (which will work in stop-and-go traffic), blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors are available via the Driver Assist Package.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn’t test sports cars like the Supra because the sales volume is too low. That said, it might be of interest to note that the BMW Z4, the Toyota’s mechanical twin, earned a 5-star rating in European New Car Assessment Programme testing.

Behind the Wheel

The 2021 Toyota Supra is a bona fide sports car by any definition — this means powerful engines, strong brakes, a firm suspension and agile handling.

The standard model, with the BMW-sourced turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, weighs about 200 pounds less than its more powerful sibling. That helps cover the horsepower deficit, so the standard engine feels strong off the line and fun around town. The standard 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and nearly transparent during normal driving. Unfortunately, things aren’t as harmonious during spirited driving. Push the 2.0-liter hard, and the gearbox struggles to keep the engine in its power band. (The Supra is begging for a manual transmission, which is not offered.) Also, the brakes on the 4-cylinder model are notably less capable than those on the 6-cylinder model (single-piston design versus four-piston design). Dynamically, the 4-cylinder is a joy in the canyons, with very responsive steering and agile handling.

The premium model, with the BMW-sourced 3.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine, is incredibly powerful. Full-throttle acceleration is neck-snapping, and the engine doesn’t stop pulling hard until far beyond legal speeds. The 8-speed automatic transmission is perfectly paired to this engine. The 3.0-liter model shines during spirited driving. The engine’s silky power comes on strong, regardless of where the tachometer is sitting. The multipiston brakes have excellent pedal feel and inspire confidence. The additional mass of the 3.0-liter engine is forgotten when the roads become twisty, as the overall package is more cohesive — the power plant, brakes and steering are perfectly unified. Like many good sports cars are, the 2021 Toyota Supra is a joy to drive on a back-country road.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 BMW Z4 — Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you already know that the Supra and the Z4 share a platform, a power train and interior components. The vehicles wear completely different body work, though, and the Z4 comes standard with a fabric convertible top. The Supra is strictly offered with a fixed roof.

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman — Toyota counts the Cayman as one of the Supra’s top competitors. The 718 costs more, but it delivers superior handling and driving dynamics, which for the enthusiast will likely justify the expense. Like the Supra, the 718 comes in 4- and 6-cylinder models from Porsche.

2020 Ford Mustang GT — Despite that the Mustang GT uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine, compared to the Supra’s straight six, the performance credentials of these vehicles are very similar. The Mustang comes with a rear seat, though, and can be had as a convertible. As American muscle cars go, the Mustang offers the most complete package.

Used 1993-1998 MKIV Supra — While it might seem odd to consider a 25-year-old vehicle as an alternative to a brand-new one, the legendary MKIV Supra is gaining popularity as a collector’s vehicle, and prices have skyrocketed in recent years. A fourth-gen Supra should scratch the same itch the new one does — if you can find one that hasn’t been modified.

Questions You Might Ask

How much is the 2021 Toyota Supra?

Base pricing for the 2021 Toyota Supra hasn’t been announced, but it’s expected to be only slightly higher than the 2020 model. The new 4-cylinder model should undercut the 6-cylinder pricing by thousands of dollars.

Is the 2021 Toyota Supra twin turbo?

No. The Supra shares engines with the BMW Z4. The 3.0-liter inline 6 is turbocharged and labeled a twin-scroll engine, but that’s just a marketing term. Despite the suggestion, the engine uses a single turbocharger.

How fast is the 2021 Toyota Supra?

With an engine upgraded to 382 horsepower, the 2021 Toyota Supra with the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6 should accelerate from a rest to 60 mph in fewer than four seconds. The 4-cylinder model is just a second slower. The coupe is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Autotrader’s Advice

It’s no secret that the Supra was jointly developed with BMW. This provides countless engineering and cost advantages, but the Toyota is unable to conceal its German underpinnings to the point that it lacks a real Toyota look and feel, especially inside. Brand loyalists might be disappointed by how thin the disguise really is.

That aside, the 2021 Toyota Supra is a competent, well-engineered and properly executed sports car. It pushes all the proper emotional buttons from the driver’s seat, and it seems to get more than its fair share of waves from passersby.

While we would prefer to see the 2.0 model with a manual gearbox, the automatic transmission works well with the 3.0-liter engine — no complaints. On that note, our preferred configuration is the 3.0 model with the Driver Assist Package. The stronger engine is significantly smoother, and it’s bundled with several important performance upgrades, such as the bigger brakes. The Driver Assist Package includes several key safety features that we frequently recommend.

The Toyota Supra is a good car for someone who relishes driving and chooses to take the long way home. It’s fast, proficient and fun to drive, which guarantees lots of smiles for anyone who sits behind its steering wheel. Find a Toyota Supra for sale

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