Launched in 2020, the fifth-generation Supra obtained blended critiques concerning the automotive produced in a collaborative course of between Toyota and BMW (the Z4 is BMW’s model). I needed to know if all of that commotion was actually mandatory. I found that the 2021 Toyota Supra GR 3.0 Premium is, certainly, an fanatic’s automotive.
For the 2021 mannequin 12 months, the three.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine will get a 14 % energy bump from the 2020 mannequin, with 382 horsepower versus the earlier 335, and with a really slight improve from 365 pound-feet of torque to 368.
The additional punch is from the change in pistons, leading to decrease compression ratio (10.2:1) however permitting the turbos to push a bit more durable. (Sadly, I wasn’t in a position to do a back-to-back comparability with the earlier model, however Larry Edsall did a fairly raving overview of the 2020 mannequin final 12 months.
Nevertheless, I’ve had an opportunity to briefly get behind the wheel of a extremely modified 1994 Toyota Supra, and whereas it’s not precisely a direct comparability, I had nearly as a lot enjoyable within the that automotive as I did within the 2021 mannequin.
Within the new model, and even and not using a guide transmission possibility, the 8-speed computerized transmission with electronically locking differential carried out superbly in sport mode, not a lot in I assume what we are able to name “non-sport” mode. Within the “non-sport” mode, the transmission appears to over compensate and runs by way of the gears too shortly. My first expertise was driving casually by way of my neighborhood at about 35 mph and the automotive determined sixth gear was acceptable. Granted, the automotive didn’t really feel sluggish whereas cruising at this velocity, it simply felt confused once I needed to speed up because it wasn’t positive if it wanted to downshift or not.
Sport mode was the place I ended up retaining the Supra set. I’ve had the chance to expertise sport mode in Toyota’s counterpart Lexus sports activities vehicles, just like the RC-F and the LC500, however they have been lackluster in comparison with the Supra. What made the distinction was the selection of substances at particular speeds. In comparison with the lazier variations within the Lexus fashions, the Supra’s sport mode drove like an fanatic would drive, selecting the correct gear to maximise the efficiency.
Confidence is written all around the dealing with of the 2021 Toyota Supra GR. For the 2021 mannequin, Toyota elevated the stiffness by including two aluminum arms between the radiator help and strut tower brace. Between that and the adaptive variable sport suspension, stability management programs and sport-calibrated electrical energy steering, I all the time felt assured.
As soon as within the Supra, it’s laborious to wish to go away the motive force’s seat, not solely due to how responsive and thrilling it’s to drive, but in addition due to how troublesome it’s to get out and in! I’m 31 years younger, however the extraordinarily thick door sills in a sports activities automotive that sits very low made for a knee-popping expertise.
As soon as inside, I discovered the seat to be a welcome shock. I’m reasonably skinny however with 8-way guide adjustment plus 4-way lumbar and 2-way bolster adjustment, I used to be very comfy. Sadly for him, my 6-foot-5 boyfriend was not. Oh, effectively, extra seat time for me!
Lined in Toyota’s signature Nitro Yellow, the GR Supra’s aesthetics didn’t change from the earlier mannequin 12 months. Sure, there are ‘pretend vents’ styled into the hood, entrance bumper and doorways, however they aesthetically praise the general physique design. I can’t say that I’m an enormous fan of the aero underbody panels, however I spend little time wanting under the superbly sculpted headlights and taillights. The triple LED headlights with the swooping LED under is a signature search for the brand new Supra.
Oh, and lest we overlook, the automotive additionally is accessible with a 255 horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. That engine is new to the lineup. So is the A91 Version, of which only one,000 are being produced with the 6-cylinder engine and Nocturnal or Refraction paint, some black carbon fiber trim, matte black wheels and Alcantara-trimmed inside.
It’s been per week and I nonetheless keep in mind the way it felt to drive the 2021 Toyota Supra GR. That’s testomony to the effectively thought out performance-focused machine with the engineering of two profitable manufacturers of sports activities vehicles.
Apologies to the purists, however the mixed engineering energy of Toyota and BMW was effectively positioned.
2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0-liter Premium
Base Value: $54,490 Value as examined: $57,185
Powertrain: Twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, 382 horsepower at 5,800-6500 rpm, 368 lb-ft of torque at 1,800-5,000 rpm Transmission: 8-speed computerized transmission, RWD
Wheelbase: 97.2 inches
Total size/Width: 172.5 inches / 73.0 inches
Curb Weight: 3,400 kilos
EPA Mileage estimates: 22 metropolis / 30 freeway / 25 mixed
Assembled in: Graz. Austria
Web site: Toyota.com
An skilled automotive motorsports photographer and fanatic of all issues with wheels, Rebecca Nguyen is the Advertising and marketing Supervisor of ClassicCars.com. Former Advertising and marketing and Challenge Coordinator for a number of aftermarket manufacturers, Rebecca has a singular perspective developed from being on a number of completely different sides of the automotive world. From creating revolutionary automotive merchandise to doing her personal DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s ardour for the passion brings contemporary concepts to The Journal. As well as, she has spent a few years publishing occasion protection for occasions like SEMA, Method Drift, and International RallyCross whereas coordinating the annual Future Collector Automotive Present in Scottsdale Arizona.