After a couple hours in the 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 I thought to myself, "We waited two decades for this, a reskinned BMW Z4 with a fixed roof?" Don't get me wrong, this new, entry-level, four-cylinder Supra is stylish, sharp and plenty swift, but it still lacks a certain magic, that somethin'-somethin' that compels you to take a late-night drive to get some milk even though there's still plenty in the fridge.
Mazda's pint-sized Miata has exactly this enchanted feel; its spellbinding dynamics harmonize with your soul. Something like a with its bellowing V8 can provide similar feels, albeit on a much larger, louder scale. But the Supra gives me no such tingles. I feel no more connected to it than I do to my work laptop. Both are purposeful and highly responsive, but I'm in love with neither.
This sentiment was completely unexpected because the Supra does the sports-car thing well, Bavarian underpinnings and all. The car's ride is properly pounding, any suppleness traded in for exemplary body control and zero roll through corners. The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which are gummier than hot tar and envelop a set of stylish 18-inch wheels, provide seemingly inexhaustible grip. This machine's hefty steering is immediate and exacting. Despite being slightly smaller than what's fitted to its six-cylinder sibling, the GR Supra 2.0's brakes are potent and progressive, with a nice, firm pedal feel. But despite ticking all these boxes, something's still missing, and I can't quite put my finger on it.
The Good ~ Impressive fuel efficiency ~ Blistering acceleration ~ Sharp steering ~ Exotic looks
The Bad ~ Unintuitive infotainment system ~ Gargantuan roof pillars ~ Where's the magic?
The Bottom Line Fast and fun, the four-cylinder Supra checks all the right boxes, though it's still missing a little somethin'-somethin' that would make it truly transcendent.
Sexy, sharp and plenty swift, the entry-level Supra gives up little compared to its six-cylinder sibling, even if it's missing that special something.
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