For years, the prospect of a reborn Toyota Supra was shrouded in equal parts of informed speculation and smoke and mirrors. The new Supra isn’t available yet, but Toyota has finally officially confirmed its return, and it even showed off a motorsports-themed Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show this year.
The production Supra, codeveloped with BMW in a joint-venture project that will also result in a new Z4, will likely look very similar to the concept seen here, which means we can expect a long hood, a flowing greenhouse and wide hips for this rear-wheel-drive coupe. The rumormill continues to be in full swing about what sort of engines and transmissions will be available, but we’re betting on an inline six-cylinder engine (thanks, BMW!), although there could be other variants in the future, perhaps even with hybrid power. No official word yet on when we’ll see the Supra’s official reveal, but it’ll likely be after the next BMW Z4, which is expected this summer.
If you bought a 2020 Toyota Supra, I'm sorry, but you got the shaft. Toyota has rolled out a whole host of updates to its halo sports car just one year after its debut, and having driven both, I can assure you, the 2021 Supra is demonstrably better, even though some old flaws remain.
The 2020 Supra was an absolute hoot on the road, but its output figures lagged behind the sprightlier variant of the BMW Z4 with which this Toyota shares a chassis. That's been remedied for 2021, with the 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 under the hood now producing 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 47 and 3, respectively. The 2020 Supra was still plenty quick, but now, it feels even more worthy of the badge, as torque piles up quicker, making it easier than before to shoot gaps on the highway or power out of a turn. And yes, it still sounds as sweet as before.
Speaking of backroad antics, there are other upgrades hidden under the body, too. For 2021, Toyota has added new aluminum strut tower braces, revised the adaptive suspension tuning and swapped out the bump stops, plus they've further tweaked programming for the rear differential, stability control and power steering. Again, the results are pretty obvious from the first corner entry. Whether in Normal or Sport mode, the 2021 Supra has less body roll than before. Don't get me wrong, the Supra's diminutive wheelbase means there's still plenty of twitch to be had, especially when rolling onto the accelerator when exiting turns, but it's a bit more manageable. If the stability control needs to intervene, it does so in a smooth manner that doesn't upset the car's balance or the driver's attention. Adding more speed feels less dramatic than it used to.
The Good ~ More readily available power ~ Concept-car looks ~ BMW tech onboard
The Bad ~ Window-down wind buffeting ~ Aggressive lane-keep assist ~ Ugly steering wheel
The Bottom Line In the course of just one model year, Toyota has delivered even more reasons to consider the Supra.
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