Auto review by Veeno Dewan
It has been a while since a Toyota Supra has come my way, and boy what a car it is! On looks alone it scores massive points with it squat long sensuous hood, outrageous bulging rear fenders and duck bill spoiler. What comes to mind is the 1990’s style race cars such as the Shelby Coupe. The Supra’s complex curves are wonderfully put together –some may say it looks over the top. But I, for one love the design. It certainly does not look like anything else. A fascinating fact you should know is the 2021 Supra shares its engine, transmission, steering, major mechanicals and its chassis with the BMW Z4.
There are two models of Supra available: the base turbo four-cylinder 2.0 and the six-cylinder 3.0. The four-cylinder starts at $56,390 and has 255 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque, and 18-inch wheels. We tested the 3.0 GR that costs $67,690, but you a 382-horsepower engine and 368 lb-ft, you also get the beautiful 19-inch wheels, bigger Brembo brakes, and a JBL sound system. The BMW sourced 3.0 liter engine has a twin -scroll single turbo, DOHC 24-valve and a Launch Control system. The sole transmission: is an 8-Speed auto unit with paddle shifters, and manual mode. The wheels are 19” forged-aluminum twin-spoke wheels with dual-tone finish. The tires are: Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport tires: (F: 255/35ZR19, R: 275/35ZR19). Braking duties are taken care of with, Brembo® 4-piston ventilated disc brakes, with Red Painted Brake Calipers. Further technology includes: Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Vehicle Stability, Control (VSC), Automatic engine start/stop, Active, rear sport differential, Traction Control System, (TRAC), Brake Assist (BA), and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Options included on our tester comprised the 3.0 Premium package which included: Embedded Navigation, Head-Up Display, USB Audio Input, Leather, Seats, Qi-compatible wireless charging tray with light indicator, Wireless Apple CarPlay, 12 Speaker JBL Audio System, 8.8” Touch Screen with Touchpad Rotary Control, Toyota Supra Connect (4 year subscription): Concierge, SOS, Emergency Call, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Parking Support Brake AND Toyota Roadside Assistance as included
The cabin is not as outrageous as the outside and is severely toned down. It black with more black! If there is downside to t eh Supra, it is the ingress, but once inside you are greeted by comfortable power operated leather clad sports seats and a bit of carbon-fibre finish on the centre console. I do like the digital gauges in the Supra. BMW also supplied the 8.8-inch infotainment screen and BMW switchgear the driver-focused cockpit is snug with good seats, The Sutra is a two seater and cargo space is accessed via the rear hatchback.
Safety is high with: Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Backup Camera, 8 Airbags (Front Seat, Curtain (Roll-Sensing), Knee (Driver and Passenger), Dual Stage SRS), Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist (LDW w/SA), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams (AHB), Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Road Sign Assist, and Child restraint system on passenger side
On the road, the 2021 Supra handles like a true sports car, nice rear wheelspin on hard standing, play with the launch control and you are rewarded with a real shove in the back rocket-like acceleration. The engine is very powerful and provides lot of torque off the line. The maximum torque curve is 1,600 – 4,500 rpm to 1,800 – 5,000 rpm, and a 0-100 km/h should come in around four seconds. I love that urgent exhaust note! Since it is rear-wheel drive, there is a proper electronic limited-slip differential and an adjustable performance traction management system. The steering has good on-center feel, and a nice BMW Like firmness. The handling is delight and it’s so cool , the way the Supra can be dive -bombed into corners and on accelerate out with a shimmy and squirm at the rear as it shoot out of the turn. The two drive modes offer tightened handling and more steering feel. Sport mode has the former ride, but comfort mode does mean comfort in this case – the Supra offering a more composed, less jarring ride than many sports cars I have tested. The variable ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension provide agile responses and a balanced ride and handling. The Brembo brakes are strong and bite very quickly. Surprisingly, the cabin is quiet, not at all booming or noisy. To sun up the Supra performs like a well-bred sports car without he uncomfortable ride or cockpit. It looks simply fantastic, sounds wonderful. Small, with a powerful engine and excellent handling the Supra offers true, pure -bred sports car thrills in an awesome package. Highly recommended
2021 Toyota Supra GR
Base MSRP $67,690.00 Freight & PDI $1,770.00
Final price: $69,586.70