2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 review: Punchier pint-sizer

There is no subtlety with this form of paint career… or body panels, for that make a difference.

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If you bought a 2020 Toyota Supra, I’m sorry, but you bought the shaft. Toyota has rolled out a entire host of updates to its halo athletics automobile just one particular 12 months soon after its debut, and obtaining pushed the two, I can assure you, the 2021 Supra is demonstrably far better, even nevertheless some aged flaws continue being.

Table of Contents


  • Far more easily offered power
  • Concept-automobile seems to be
  • BMW tech onboard

Will not Like

  • Window-down wind buffeting
  • Intense lane-preserve guide
  • Unpleasant steering wheel

The 2020 Supra was an absolute hoot on the street, but its output figures lagged powering the sprightlier variant of the BMW Z4 with which this Toyota shares a chassis. That is been remedied for 2021, with the 3.-liter turbocharged I6 less than the hood now developing 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 47 and 3, respectively. The 2020 Supra was continue to plenty brief, but now, it feels even a lot more deserving of the badge, as torque piles up more rapidly, producing it simpler than just before to shoot gaps on the freeway or power out of a convert. And indeed, it continue to appears as sweet as just before.

Talking of backroad antics, there are other updates hidden less than the body, far too. For 2021, Toyota has additional new aluminum strut tower braces, revised the adaptive suspension tuning and swapped out the bump stops, as well as they’ve further tweaked programming for the rear differential, balance command and power steering. Once more, the benefits are fairly obvious from the 1st corner entry. Whether in Typical or Sport manner, the 2021 Supra has significantly less body roll than just before. Will not get me incorrect, the Supra’s diminutive wheelbase implies you will find continue to plenty of twitch to be had, in particular when rolling onto the accelerator when exiting turns, but it is really a bit a lot more workable. If the balance command desires to intervene, it does so in a easy manner that will not upset the car’s harmony or the driver’s attention. Introducing a lot more speed feels significantly less extraordinary than it applied to.

Supplied the improvements in efficiency, I obtain much less reasons to force the huge Sport button on the Supra’s middle console in spirited driving. It acts like each individual other Sport manner button, tightening up the suspension, steering and throttle response, but it is really not really vital. There is continue to plenty of gasoline-pedal punch in Typical manner, and the suspension’s somewhat softer tuning implies my mediocre Michigan street working experience is just not overly harsh. The Supra’s eight-speed automated transmission is unchanged, which is fantastic, mainly because it is really terrific. Shifts are easy at any speed, in any manner, and the paddles powering the wheel offer you cog-swaps on the brief. There is continue to no guide transmission offered.

Rough pavement continue to results in a entire host of tire sound, but on the freeway, the clamor helps make way for some considerable peace and tranquil (for a intent-developed athletics automobile). Wind buffeting is continue to atrocious with the windows at any situation other than absolutely shut, but it’s going to just take a redesign to iron out that kink.

The sole downside to incorporating power is losing gas economy, but the Supra will not just take far too huge of a hit in that department. The 2020 model was rated at 24 miles for each gallon town and 31 mpg freeway, and the 2021 now earns ratings of 22 and 30, respectively. I can on a regular basis creep north to 32 or 33 on the freeway with a light-weight foot, but yeah, town economy is… not terrific.

Then once more, it is really really apparent that the Supra is a devoted instrument and significantly less of an daily family equipment. There is no again seat and the hatchback offers up a just-okay amount of money of area, ten.2 cubic feet to be precise, sufficient for groceries or weekender baggage for two and that’s about it. There is also a paltry amount of money of cabin storage, with microscopic door-panel pockets and an uncovered armrest cubby huge sufficient for a whopping two sets of keys and a experience mask. Glove compartment? With any luck , they’re not additional massive.

The relaxation of the 2021 Supra’s inside is unchanged. The steering wheel is continue to oddly bulbous and unsightly, like the 964-generation Porsche 911’s, and any one who’s owned a BMW inside the last five to ten many years will immediately figure out all of the switchgear. But that’s not necessarily a terrible issue. The inside feels proper for the cost, with plenty of soft contact details and the correct amount of money of bodily switchgear. Truthfully, it is really likely excellent that Toyota made a decision not to just take its possess route, change-sensible, mainly because BMW’s are undoubtedly a lot more enjoyable to use. The seats are the correct amount of money of supportive, with sufficient side bolstering that is just not far too constrictive. Visibility continues to be confined, with to some degree-massive blind spots in excess of the haunches.

Curves, curves, curves.

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The term “haunches” will echo by means of your head as a Supra owner mainly because the rear a few-quarter angle is simply the car’s greatest. From there, my eyes get a heapin’ helpin’ of bulbous rear fender, which qualified prospects to a smattering of interesting creases and one particular critically pronounced duckbill spoiler. It can be far a lot more interesting than the BMW Z4, and it will not stray far too far from Toyota’s FT-one concept of yore, which very likely clarifies why every person gawks at the Supra. The front’s a small funky, but it continue to works, mainly because it is really not like nearly anything else on the street. Particularly if it is really painted in my tester’s $425 cornea-scorching Nitro Yellow.

1 BMW carryover I will be happy to praise all working day is the Supra’s in-automobile know-how. For a straight-up athletics automobile, you will find a excellent amount of money of creature comforts tucked away in the wiring. Toyota’s Entune is nowhere to be seen in its place, the eight.eight-inch display screen on the dashboard (now typical across the lineup) runs BMW’s iDrive infotainment. I imagine it is really a excellent method, with a simple menu construction and uncomplicated obtain by means of the two the dial on the middle console and the touchscreen by itself. Wireless Apple CarPlay is offered, but Android Car will never make its way to the 2021 Supra, which is a letdown. Charging occurs by way of the wi-fi pad less than the local weather command, or the close by USB port, this means you will find a way to juice up equipment for every passenger at the same time.

Relying on BMW’s infotainment tech is just not a terrible issue at all.

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Some athletics cars are content material to eschew lively safety programs almost entirely, but that’s not really Toyota’s modus operandi. All Supras occur typical with automated crisis braking, lane-departure warning and lane-preserve guide, while an optional $one,195 package deal on Top quality and A91 trims opens up adaptive cruise command, blind spot monitoring and parking sensors. Almost everything works very well jointly — apart from for the lane-preserve guide, which is way far too intense and can disrupt freeway cruising a lot more than support it.

The 2021 Toyota Supra’s bought some good competitors in the compact premium athletics automobile segment, but it is really aggressively priced, beginning at $55,485 for my 3.-liter tester’s Top quality trim and landing at $fifty seven,one hundred forty five with the driver help package deal. Its stablemate, the BMW Z4 M40i, carries a bit a lot more brand cachet but is also a lot more anonymously styled, and the two are now evenly matched on power. The Porsche 718 Cayman S is a lot more refined, but its motor is significantly less fascinating to listen to and, like all Porsches, it can get entirely far too high priced in a hurry. Even so, you can also get it with a guide transmission. If you want a Supra at a decrease cost, its 2.-liter variant provides that window sticker down to $forty three,985.

Toyota’s Supra came out of the gates swinging, but you will find often room for improvement. Throwing a quantity of underbody updates at the automobile, in addition to a dollop of additional power, offers this 2021 Toyota Supra an even a lot more powerful character that is immediately felt and appreciated.