There’s no shortage of sports two-seaters on the market, but there’s always room for more. Enter the 2021 Toyota Supra, a zesty little thing brought back by the Japanese auto giant after a two-decade absence. In its second production year since the return, the Supra shares its powertrain with the BMW Z4 and is offered in a turbo-6 or new turbo-4 variant.
A modern take on the Supras of the past, this two-seater is legit in the looks department. The elongated hood and compact rear project project power. Aesthetically, Toyota must be doing something right when its sports car is sculpted as purposefully as a Porsche 911. The Supra’s grille seems as much inspired by Transformers as modern sports car design. Curves, swoops and front air ducts are part of the detailed sculpting that comes together in one sleek-yet-savage package.
The Supra keeps it simple inside, with symmetrical lines on the dash and different hues of black. The new standard 8.8-inch touchscreen is at the center, and a divider is planted between the driver and the console. The interior is kept simple and offers just enough amenities to look forward to hopping in, get situated for a second or two, and peel off. .
The 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0 rates at 28 mpg combined, with 25 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway.
The Supra sits supreme on the Toyota performance totem pole, differentiated from the 86 coupe with its performance and dimensions. The Supra packs more power and grip than its sibling, ready to hug the highway like a racetrack.
So what do we mean when we say ‘power’? Make no mistake about it, it’s the 255-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that we are referring to here. It’s good for 295 lb.-ft. of torque, which propels the Supra 0-60 mph in roughly 5 seconds. The sound is raspy enough to register, but doesn’t bark like the turbo-6. Also, this model doesn’t have the alluring features found in the higher-end Supra, such as adaptive dampers and the electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
The differences between the turbo-4 and 6 continue with the 18-inch wheels and brakes, and with a curb weight at 3,181 pounds – compared with the 6’s 3,400 pounds – it’s more compact. Cornering is assured and sufficient in the 4, however. Performance and styling are equally balanced out in the Supra 2.0. Plenty of thrill to be had with this little two-seater, no question.
The base MSRP for the Toyota GR Supra 2.0 is $42,990, and with Safety & Tech Package ($3,485) tacked on, plus other available options, it’ll set you back $48,040.
As mentioned, the Supra enters a crowded field, which means it must lean on Toyota’s brand recognition. Surveying the competitors, from top to bottom, our frontrunner is the Porsche 718 Cayman. It’s a favorite because the mid-engine design, mated with Porsche engineering, is simply irresistible. The exhilarating performance and pure, unfettered fun aren’t spared here in any shape, way or form.
Alternatively, the Chevrolet Corvette is a spicy firecracker of a two-seater sports coupe. Its unique fighter jet-inspired body and plenty of power and sharp handling mean fun jaunts out and about the city and on the highway.
The F-Type from Jaguar is also formidable, with a throaty growl and styling that are hard to overlook.
At the lower portion of our totem – for the budget-conscious, in particular – are the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. Both are available at under $30,000 and may not offer the features of the big dogs, but aren’t shabby pups either.
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