2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 review: Punchier pint-sizer

You will find no subtlety with this type of paint occupation… or human body panels, for that issue.

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If you bought a 2020 Toyota Supra, I am sorry, but you got the shaft. Toyota has rolled out a entire host of updates to its halo sports activities auto just one particular 12 months immediately after its debut, and owning pushed the two, I can assure you, the 2021 Supra is demonstrably superior, even however some aged flaws keep on being.

Table of Contents


  • Extra readily available electrical power
  • Thought-auto appears
  • BMW tech onboard

Don’t Like

  • Window-down wind buffeting
  • Aggressive lane-hold help
  • Unappealing steering wheel

The 2020 Supra was an complete hoot on the street, but its output figures lagged guiding the sprightlier variant of the BMW Z4 with which this Toyota shares a chassis. That’s been remedied for 2021, with the three.-liter turbocharged I6 underneath the hood now developing 382 horsepower and 368 pound-toes of torque, advancements of forty seven and three, respectively. The 2020 Supra was even now a lot speedy, but now, it feels even much more worthy of the badge, as torque piles up a lot quicker, generating it less difficult than prior to to shoot gaps on the freeway or electrical power out of a change. And of course, it even now appears as sweet as prior to.

Talking of backroad antics, there are other upgrades concealed underneath the human body, as well. For 2021, Toyota has included new aluminum strut tower braces, revised the adaptive suspension tuning and swapped out the bump stops, additionally they’ve even more tweaked programming for the rear differential, balance management and electrical power steering. Yet again, the success are quite evident from the initially corner entry. Whether in Usual or Activity method, the 2021 Supra has fewer human body roll than prior to. Don’t get me erroneous, the Supra’s diminutive wheelbase suggests there is even now a lot of twitch to be experienced, particularly when rolling on to the accelerator when exiting turns, but it is a little bit much more manageable. If the balance management wants to intervene, it does so in a sleek manner that isn’t going to upset the car’s equilibrium or the driver’s attention. Incorporating much more velocity feels fewer spectacular than it used to.

Offered the advancements in efficiency, I discover much less good reasons to push the giant Activity button on the Supra’s centre console in spirited driving. It acts like every single other Activity method button, tightening up the suspension, steering and throttle reaction, but it is not genuinely required. You will find even now a lot of gas-pedal punch in Usual method, and the suspension’s a bit softer tuning suggests my mediocre Michigan street knowledge isn’t really extremely harsh. The Supra’s eight-velocity automated transmission is unchanged, which is wonderful, for the reason that it is excellent. Shifts are sleek at any velocity, in any method, and the paddles guiding the wheel give cog-swaps on the speedy. There is even now no handbook transmission available.

Tough pavement even now produces a entire host of tire sounds, but on the freeway, the clamor makes way for some appreciable peace and tranquil (for a purpose-designed sports activities auto). Wind buffeting is even now atrocious with the windows at any position other than totally shut, but it’ll take a redesign to iron out that kink.

The sole draw back to including electrical power is getting rid of gasoline economic climate, but the Supra isn’t going to take as well large of a strike in that section. The 2020 model was rated at 24 miles for every gallon town and 31 mpg freeway, and the 2021 now earns ratings of 22 and thirty, respectively. I can often creep north to 32 or 33 on the freeway with a mild foot, but yeah, town economic climate is… not excellent.

Then again, it is extremely very clear that the Supra is a dedicated software and fewer of an day-to-day spouse and children device. You will find no back again seat and the hatchback gives up a just-all right total of place, 10.2 cubic toes to be specific, adequate for groceries or weekender luggage for two and that’s about it. You will find also a paltry total of cabin storage, with microscopic door-panel pockets and an exposed armrest cubby large adequate for a whopping two sets of keys and a deal with mask. Glove compartment? Ideally they’re not added big.

The rest of the 2021 Supra’s interior is unchanged. The steering wheel is even now oddly bulbous and unpleasant, like the 964-generation Porsche 911’s, and anyone who’s owned a BMW inside the final 5 to 10 many years will right away understand all of the switchgear. But that’s not automatically a lousy thing. The interior feels acceptable for the price tag, with a lot of soft touch factors and the right total of bodily switchgear. Actually, it is likely great that Toyota decided not to take its very own route, swap-intelligent, for the reason that BMW’s are surely much more gratifying to use. The seats are the right total of supportive, with ample side bolstering that isn’t really as well constrictive. Visibility continues to be restricted, with rather-big blind spots in excess of the haunches.

Curves, curves, curves.

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The phrase “haunches” will echo by means of your head as a Supra proprietor for the reason that the rear a few-quarter angle is conveniently the car’s ideal. From there, my eyes get a heapin’ helpin’ of bulbous rear fender, which potential customers to a smattering of intriguing creases and one particular severely pronounced duckbill spoiler. It’s significantly much more intriguing than the BMW Z4, and it isn’t going to stray as well significantly from Toyota’s FT-1 principle of yore, which most likely describes why absolutely everyone gawks at the Supra. The front’s a little funky, but it even now functions, for the reason that it is in contrast to anything at all else on the street. In particular if it is painted in my tester’s $425 cornea-scorching Nitro Yellow.

A person BMW carryover I’ll be happy to praise all working day is the Supra’s in-auto engineering. For a straight-up sports activities auto, there is a great total of creature comforts tucked away in the wiring. Toyota’s Entune is nowhere to be noticed rather, the 8.8-inch display screen on the dashboard (now regular across the lineup) runs BMW’s iDrive infotainment. I feel it is a great system, with a straightforward menu structure and easy access by means of the two the dial on the centre console and the touchscreen by itself. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay is available, but Android Auto is not going to make its way to the 2021 Supra, which is a letdown. Charging occurs by way of the wi-fi pad underneath the weather management, or the close by USB port, indicating there is a way to juice up units for each individual passenger at the same time.

Relying on BMW’s infotainment tech isn’t really a lousy thing at all.

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Some sports activities vehicles are written content to eschew active safety systems virtually fully, but that’s not genuinely Toyota’s modus operandi. All Supras appear regular with automated unexpected emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-hold help, even though an optional $1,195 bundle on Quality and A91 trims opens up adaptive cruise management, blind spot monitoring and parking sensors. Every little thing functions effectively collectively — besides for the lane-hold help, which is way as well intense and can disrupt freeway cruising much more than help it.

The 2021 Toyota Supra’s got some good competitors in the compact top quality sports activities auto phase, but it is aggressively priced, commencing at $55,485 for my three.-liter tester’s Quality trim and landing at $57,a hundred forty five with the driver aid bundle. Its stablemate, the BMW Z4 M40i, carries a little bit much more brand cachet but is also much more anonymously styled, and the two are now evenly matched on electrical power. The Porsche 718 Cayman S is much more refined, but its engine is fewer exciting to pay attention to and, like all Porsches, it can get fully as well costly in a hurry. Having said that, you can also get it with a handbook transmission. If you want a Supra at a decrease price tag, its 2.-liter variant provides that window sticker down to $43,985.

Toyota’s Supra arrived out of the gates swinging, but there is normally room for enhancement. Throwing a variety of underbody upgrades at the auto, in addition to a dollop of added electrical power, provides this 2021 Toyota Supra an even much more compelling character that is right away felt and appreciated.