2021 Toyota GR Supra

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2021 Toyota GR Supra Test Drive Review: Mightier And More Attainable

Automakers that go through the intense process of reviving a long-gone sports car nameplate from the past typically like to wait a few years to let the accomplishment settle in with brand enthusiasts. But Toyota had other ideas. Just one year after reviving the legendary Supra nameplate, Toyota is back for the 2021 model year with massive improvements for its flagship sports car.

With a new 255-horsepower 2.0T at the bottom of the lineup and the 3.0-liter turbo-six retuned to develop a BMW Z4-matching 382 hp, the GR Supra is now both more attainable and mightier than ever before. Rear-wheel drive is still the standard (and only) option, as is an eight-speed automatic, and a reworked chassis means last year's sublime handling has been improved. While comparisons will always be made to the BMW Z4 and Nissan 370Z, the Supra has its sights set higher, challenging the established elite like the Porsche 718 Cayman for top sports car honors. Ahead of the official market release of the 2021 model, Toyota sent us a 2.0 and a 3.0 back-to-back to get to grips with the upgrades.

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2021 Toyota GR Supra Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 GR Supra?

After debuting to much celebration and adoration for 2020, 2021 brings massive changes to the GR Supra lineup. Not only has Toyota bolstered the power outputs on the 3.0 models to 382 horsepower - up from last year's 335 hp and now matching the BMW Z4's output - and 368 lb-ft of torque, but the Japanese outfit has also introduced a special A91 Edition of the uprated vehicle with a choice of two paints (Nocturnal or an exclusive new shade called Refraction) which will be limited to just 1,000 units, 500 in each color. This replaces the now discontinued Launch Edition model of last year. The chassis on the 3.0-liter sports cars has been retuned to handle the additional power, giving a different feel to last year's model. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Supra has been made more attainable thanks to the inclusion of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder derivative with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft. This version of the Supra has been made lighter with smaller brakes, a simpler sound system, and a lack of equipment such as the adaptive suspension and active differential found on the 3.0 models. All models now feature an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, which was optional on last year's Supra.

Pros and Cons

  • 2.0 is even more attainable
  • 3.0 finally matches BMW on power
  • 90% as good as a Cayman, at a fraction of the cost
  • New colors are achingly gorgeous
  • Sublime ride and handling balance
  • Isn't a 2.0-liter Supra a Celica?
  • Still can't shake the BMW association
  • Not even the 2.0 gets a manual gearbox
  • Cabin limits space for taller drivers
  • 2.0 lacks the 3.0's loud exhaust note

What's the Price of the 2021 Toyota GR Supra?

With a new 2.0-liter model introduced for the new year, owning a Supra is even more affordable than ever with a base price of $42,990. The rest of the range has seen a marginal increase with the 3.0 asking an extra $1,000 at a base MSRP of $50,990. The 3.0 Premium is priced from $54,490, while the also new-for-2021 A91 Edition is the most expensive at $55,990 - an increase of $740 over last year's Launch Edition. All models are subject to the addition of a $995 destination charge.

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2021 Toyota GR Supra Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
3.0 Premium
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
A91 Edition
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
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2021 GR Supra Exterior

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  • Length 172.5 in
  • Wheelbase 97.2 in
  • Height 50.9 in
  • Max Width 73.0 in
  • Front Width 62.8 in
  • Rear Width 62.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,397.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Absolute Zero
  • Tungsten
  • Turbulence Gray
  • Nocturnal
  • Nitro Yellow
  • Renaissance Red 2.0
  • Phantom
  • Refraction

2021 GR Supra Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo 4 Cylinder Gas, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

At 3,181 pounds, the Supra 2.0 is more than 200 pounds lighter than its six-cylinder counterpart. Most of the weight savings come from having two fewer cylinders under the hood, but shedding the 3.0's adaptive suspension and active differential helped shave off a few lbs. With less weight on the nose, the Supra 2.0 feels slightly more eager to change direction, and, if given the opportunity, we are sure it would shine as an autocross vehicle. Even without the adaptive suspension, the Supra 2.0 still rides beautifully over rough pavement as we've come to expect from last year's Supra. Without the active differential, we found the Supra 2.0 to be even more predictable when tossed into a corner, though the lack of power certainly became a bother when the road straightened out.

We still prefer Toyota's comfortable approach to suspension tuning over BMW's race-track derived stiffness and the retuned chassis on the 2021 Supra 3.0 has only reinforced this opinion. The 2021 Supra 3.0 features lightweight aluminum braces, tying the strut towers to the radiator and increasing the lateral rigidity. Other adjustments have been made to the electric power steering, Adaptive Variable Suspension, Vehicle Stability Control, and Active Differential in order to prevent the Supra from morphing into a tail-happy tire shredder. The COVID-19 landscape prevented us from discovering how all of these chassis changes improved the Supra on a racetrack, but we suspect the 2021 model is still geared more towards backroad barnstorming than setting lap records.

The steering still feels remarkably precise when benchmarked against any non-Porsche and the ZF eight-speed automatic still ranks up there with the best available dual-clutch transmissions, despite it being a torque-converter auto. Placing either of the two cars into sport mode tightens up the throttle and opens up the valves in the exhaust to add more concert to the driving experience. Though if we are being honest, the pops from the four-cylinder's exhaust sounded more like a cell phone speaker compared to the thunderous cracks of the inline-six. We also noted more rev-hang in the four-banger while the six-cylinder exhibited no such issues. Unless you are more interested in your monthly payment than fun, we suggest getting the Supra 3.0.

2021 GR Supra Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.2 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in

2021 GR Supra Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 GR Supra Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Toyota GR Supra A Good car?

We came away loving last year's Supra after driving it on several occasions both on the road and on the race track. For 2021, Toyota has both improved upon a winning formula and provided customers with more choice. These should both be considered wins in a dwindling sports car market, but if we are being honest, there is only one 2021 Supra that we highly recommend.

The four-cylinder car simply lacks the theatre found in the six-cylinder model. Those puppy-dog pops from the exhaust feel laughable when compared to the titillating thunder that erupts from the six-cylinder's pipes. Likewise, we think the four-cylinder Supra will likely suffer from the same stigma that V6 muscle car owners know too well with people asking "why didn't you get the six-cylinder one?" We are all for the "slow car fast" mantra but in this case, the six-cylinder Supra offers the perfect amount of performance to be used comfortably on the street, and if it were our money, we'd gladly spend up to get the larger engine. Toyota's improvements to the 2021 Supra 3.0 are a welcomed addition to the nameplate and would even make us consider upgrading if we'd just purchased a 2020 model.

What Toyota GR Supra Model Should I Buy?

If price were no object, we would highly recommend trying to nab one of the 1,000 A91 Edition 2021 Toyota Supra models. Just 500 of these cars will be finished in the bold new shade of blue called Refraction, which should help boost the residual value when it comes time to sell. This will be the most expensive trim level of the 2021 Supra but we suggest spending more now to get it back on the other end, while also enjoying a more special ownership experience of having a limited edition car. The A91 Edition also gets unique matte black wheels and carbon fiber bits plus a splash of color on the interior in the form of blue contrast stitching.

2021 Toyota GR Supra Comparisons

BMW Z4 Roadster BMW
Toyota GR86 Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota GR Supra255 hp25/32 mpg$44,040
BMW Z4 Roadster 255 hp25/32 mpg$49,900
Toyota GR86 228 hp20/27 mpg$28,400

2021 Toyota GR Supra vs BMW Z4 Roadster

The Z4 and Supra twins have never been more alike than they are now, with both offering the same 2.0-liter base engine and both providing the same 382 horsepower when equipped with the turbocharged six-cylinder motor. Both run from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the more powerful motor equipped, and both make use of the same sharp-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox with rear-wheel drive. The Z4 provides top-down thrills the Supra doesn't, but conversely, the stiffer chassis of the Supra has enabled Toyota to make its sports car more supple yet sharper through the bends. Both cater to the same infotainment and safety tech, so on paper, they're evenly matched. But here's the kicker, the Supra starts at nearly $7,000 less than the Z4, a difference present even when comparing top-spec derivatives. The Supra is a genuine sports car, built for drivers who want the most out of their car. The Z4 doesn't feel as accomplished, and it seems the only thing it has going for it is a convertible roof. Dare we say it, Toyotas has built a better BMW than BMW.

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2021 Toyota GR Supra vs Toyota GR86

For two sports coupes so similar in size, the GR Supra and the 86 go about business in completely different ways. For starters, the 86 is priced from a little more than $27,000 while the GR Supra in its new 2.0 incarnation rings in at around $16,000 more, while a top-spec 3.0 will set you back nearly double the asking price of the 86. While the Supra makes use of BMW engines developing between 255 and 382 hp, the 86 features a naturally aspirated Boxer four-cylinder from Subaru, generating just 205 hp. It makes use of a six-speed manual gearbox by default, involving the driver at lower speeds in a 'driving is what you make of it' scenario rather than the Supra's attitude of power, composure, and supreme ability at high speeds. While the 2+2 cabin of the 86 might be a little more practical, it's the Supra that has the larger trunk, the better infotainment, the more premium material selection, and the stronger contingent of features. Ultimately, you buy the 86 for cheap thrills at any speed, but the Supra is the serious sports car here.

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