Toyota reintroduced the Supra name for the 2020 model year as a collaboration with BMW. The fifth-gen Supra shares its platform and available powertrains with the BMW Z4 convertible and sees significant updates for 2021, only its second year on the market. Positioned as the big sibling to the Toyota 86 coupe, the Supra competes against sports cars including the Porsche 718 Cayman, BMW M2, Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, Ford Mustang GT, and Chevrolet Camaro SS.
What held the 2020 Supra back in our Car of the Year and Best Driver's Car competitions was its lack of stability over uneven pavement. It required constant corrections for unpredictable body movements at the rear end and failed to inspire confidence the way great sports cars do. Evidently, Toyota heard our criticism.
The 2021 Supra is a more planted, more stable, more satisfying sports car to drive thanks to revised chassis tuning for this year. It now drives well enough to deserve the amount of attention it draws and the way it inspires folks to reach for their camera phones. The sonorous inline-six model also gets a healthy power and performance boost, and the new Supra four-cylinder offers a lighter, more direct driving experience at a more affordable price point.
That said, the Supra 2.0 lacks the charm of the six-cylinder engine's pops and crackles, and it doesn't ride as smoothly. It also lost one comparison test against the Mustang EcoBoost and another to the Civic Type R.
Not everyone will love the Supra's design; it's a little busy. Also, even though all models now include the larger infotainment screen, the system is clearly a last-gen version of BMW's iDrive. Both Supras ride a little stiffer than we'd like, but not so much to detract from the driving experience. Our 2020 year-long tester makes for a great road-tripper. The Supra is an exciting modern sports car and, for 2021, it's even more worthy of the hype.
Buying a Supra now requires a choice between four- and six-cylinder engine options, both sourced from BMW. The new-for-2021 Supra 2.0 is motivated by a 2.0-liter turbo-four developing 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic to the rear wheels, and according to Toyota's estimate, it'll reach 60 mph in 5.0 seconds.
As far as the six-cylinder Supra, power is sourced from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Power is up 47 horses over the 2020 model, and specs come to 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Like the 2.0, the engine is mated to an eight-speed auto transmitting power to the rear wheels. Toyota claims the more powerful Supra will rush from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, but that number seems conservative given the 3.9-second run we achieved in last year's less powerful model.
Six-cylinder Supras are EPA-rated at 22/30 mpg city/highway for 2021, while the Supra 2.0 returns 25/32 mpg.
The Safety and Technology package includes multiple driver-assist active safety features. It includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors with emergency braking.
The Supra has seating for two with 42.2 inches of legroom. Cargo capacity for the rear hatch measures 10.2 cubic feet which is 3-4 cubic feet fewer than the 718 Cayman, M2, and Mustang.
The 2020 Supra's base 6.5-inch infotainment display has been discontinued for 2021; all models are now fitted with the 8.8-inch touchscreen. A new Safety and Technology package adds integrated navigation, 12-speaker JBL premium audio, and wireless Apple CarPlay support, along with the aforementioned driver-assist features.
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