Observe: The next story was excerpted from the February 2021 problem of Collectible Vehicle journal.
Toyota’s sport-coupe historical past traces again to the 1967 2000GT, a handbuilt legend that offered solely 62 copies in America. Then 4 generations of more and more succesful Supras had been obtainable within the States between 1979 and 1998. Reviews of Supra’s return surfaced manner again in 2012 when Toyota and BMW introduced they might collectively develop a sports activities car. Toyota’s results of the collaboration was certainly a renewed Supra that got here out for 2020 and continues with some essential adjustments for its second season.
The present Supra, a two-seat hatchback, relies on the identical rear-drive platform that made its debut beneath the 2019 BMW Z4 roadster. Styling was impressed by the 2014 Toyota FT-1 Idea drawn within the firm’s Calty studio in California. The designers had been mentioned to attract inspiration from the last-generation Supra and the 2000 GT, nevertheless it’s completely fashionable—and appears nothing just like the Z4. Supras are assembled beneath contract by Magna-Steyr in Graz, Austria.
Supras historically ran inline six-cylinder engines, so BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter good for 335 horsepoweer and 365 pound-feet of torque appeared considerably at dwelling beneath the Japanese coupe’s bonnet. Surprisingly, although, the one obtainable transmission was an eight-speed automated. Different greasy bits included an adaptive suspension and an lively rear differential.
Base Supras had been referred to as 3.0. Patrons had been additionally supplied the step-up 3.0 Premium mannequin with heated leather-based seats, touchscreen navigation, 12-speaker JBL audio, and head-up show.
The primary 1500 American-market Supras had been Launch Editions primarily based on the three.0 Premium. Three colours had been obtainable: Absolute Zero White, Nocturnal Black, and Renaissance Pink 2.0. All included purple door-mirror caps and matte-black cast 19-inch wheels. White and black Launch Editions had purple trim on the seats, steering wheel, and console, however the identical areas had been completed in black on vehicles with the purple exterior. All acquired an individually numbered badge on the sprint.
For 2021, Toyota has added a less-expensive four-cylinder Supra 2.0 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine rated at 255 horsepower. Torque peaks at 295 pound-feet. Once more, the one transmission is the eight-speed autobox. Supra 2.0 runs smaller entrance brakes, together with a standard “passive” suspension and rear differential. It additionally will get an easier four-speaker stereo and manually adjustable seats. Nonetheless, weight is down by greater than 200 kilos, and Supra 2.0 sprints from standing to 60 mph in 5 seconds.
The ’21 six-cylinder Supras profit from a strengthened engine rated at 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of twist. Claimed 0-60-mph acceleration of three.9 seconds is an enchancment of 0.2 second. The vehicles additionally get a retuned suspension, and revised programming for the facility steering, adaptive suspension, stability management, and rear differential.
Additionally new is an A91 Version primarily based on the three.0 Premium. Manufacturing is restricted to 1000 examples, obtainable in Nocturnal (black) and model-exclusive Refraction (white). A91s sport a carbon-fiber rear spoiler and mirror caps, C-pillar graphics, and matte-black wheels. The blue-trimmed black inside is an A91 unique, too.
Supra base costs for 2020 had been $49,990 for the three.0; $53,990 for 3.0 Premium; and $55,250 for the Launch Version. Supra’s ’21 pricing begins at $42,990 for the two.0. Amongst six-cylinder fashions, the three.0 prices $50,990; the three.0 Premium goes for $54,490, and the A91 Version asks $55,990.
- BMW-sourced engines are highlights
- Steering and dealing with are terrific
- Deal with efficiency limits the automotive’s on a regular basis usefulness
- Sadly the eight-speed automated isn’t at all times a easy shifter
It’d shock some, however we predict the 2021 Supra 2.0 may very well be the only option. Easy and lightweight typically mix for memorably nice sports activities vehicles, and the $8000 value benefit over the more-powerful 3.0 can’t be missed.
2021 Toyota Supra
2021 Toyota Supra
2021 Toyota Supra