Model tested: 2021 Toyota Supra GR 3.0 Premium
Engine: 3-liter twin-scroll turbo inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Torque: 386 lb.-ft.
EPA ratings: 22/city, 30/highway, 25/combined
Base price: $54,490
As tested: $58,255
Overview: The 2021 Toyota Supra is a two-seat sports car with ruthless performance ambitions. The big news is under the hood, where a 2-liter, 255-horse turbo-4 debuts to complement the more powerful 3-liter turbo-6 — which powered our test driver and on which this review will focus. Both engines come with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Safety equipment includes standard automatic emergency braking and active lane control. Blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are options.
Walkaround: The 2021 Supra features more scoops, vents and body line creases — making it somewhat visually busy, but not unattractive. The overall proportions are excellent, with front wheels far away from the leading edge of the doors so its long hood looks even longer. The roof tapers downward to a small spoiler reminiscent of past 911s. The Supra appears long, limber and ready to pounce.
Interior: Like all two-seaters, the interior is an intimate experience, with minimal space between the driver and the passenger. The design is simple, functional and ergonomic. Materials are all high-quality, with precision fit and finish. For 2021, the 6.5-inch infotainment screen has been upgraded to an 8.8-inch touchscreen. Unlike some sports cars, the highly bolstered bucket seats are extremely comfortable. In the base 2.0 turbo-4 version, the seats are manually adjustable, but the Supra 3.0 gets a four-way power driver’s seat and 10-speaker audio. Our 3.0 Premium test driver adds navigation, 12-speaker JBL audio system, head-up display, leather upholstery and heated seats. However, the high window sills, limited glass area and a low roof make the optional blind-spot monitors a must. Like any sports car, cargo space is limited, with only 10.2 cubic feet available.
Behind the wheel: We were immediately smitten with the effortless power delivered by the smooth turbo inline-6 — which does the 0-60 drill in a quick 3.9 seconds. The Supra corners well when pushed, although bigger wheels and stiffer suspension make rough pavement a little uncomfortable. The adaptive dampers don’t help soften the ride, only dial in additional firmness.
Bottom line: The 2021 Toyota Supra is an excellent sports-car option in a declining market segment. We’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fun two-seater.