2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T – Re-Driven on Mass & Piston Diet

2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: Lower cal flavor of performance sport coupe is tastier on the street. Starting at $44k.

IN MARKET FOR : Two-seat performance sports car that can master the road

DON’T NEED: Track dominating power

GLAD TO HAVE: Daily driver fuel economy, more digestable price

DON’T MIND: Four-cylinder count, another carmaker’s underpinnings

READY FOR: Incessant thumbs-up from passersby

 

Then prepare to share in a Roadblazing.com re-drive in the 2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T DB 23 performance sports coupe.

Driving Hits:

  • 255 hp (likely under-rated by 10%), 295 lb-ft @ 1550 rpm twin-cam gas inline-4 cylinder BMW engine
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: BMW B46B20 turbo inline-4 powerplant is seriously underrated whipped into a frenzy by a capable ZF 8-speed auto gearbox, still returning 31 MPG
  • BMW specific ZF 8-speed torque converter planetary automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive, worm gear limited slip differential 
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: Michelin Super Sport three season rubber and a worm drive limited slip differential harness the lateral movement in the corners while the over-sized single sliding piston disc brakes clamp down briskly
  • 3181 lbs. curb weight = 219 lbs. < GR Supra 3.0T I-6
  • Kick in the seat of the pants acceleration
  • Four cylinder active exhaust growl betters some six bangers
  • 8-speed transmission features rapid locking torque converter, likes low gears, and is calibrated for on demand engine braking
  • Steering wheel dorsal shift paddles react briskly
  • Progressively weighted razor accurate steering winding
  • Controllable oversteer out of fast switchbacks
  • Prodigious lateral adhesion from Michelin Pilot Super Sport run flat rubber
  • Improved road compliance on 18″ alloy wheels
  • 31 miles per gallon combined driving = +20% vs. GR Supra 3.0T I-6
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: 8.8″ touch & remote touch pad rotary dial controlled LCD tri-pane infotainment screen
  • 403 miles estimated highway range
  • Solid contract assembly by Magna Steyr in Austria
  • Not much suspension or wind sound heard inside cabin

Driving Misses:

  • Lacks 3.0T I-6 electronic active rear differential, Brembo multi-piston front brake calipers, adaptive electronic suspension
  • Full wheel well cladding amplifies stones picked up by the Michelins
  • Windows, part retracted, wind buffeting

What It Has Got:

  • From $44,085 (incl. destination) base 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0T. As tested = $47,920.
  • 2-seat performance sports coupe
  • Rocket car low slung, long hood, Coke bottle fuselage, huge rear quarter panel shape
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: matching the long nose, Coke bottle fuselage profile of this USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom fighter jet at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field.
  • Flesh, bones, organs courtesy of BMW Z4
  • Skin drawn & bones tuned by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division

 

2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: acute sloped, exaggerated rear quarters, prominent rear deck ducktail lid and lower rear diffuser imbue swagger
  • Precision finished positive action switchgear, with artful cabin panel shapes, soft materials throughout
  • Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Long cargo bay w/ liftgate access
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: practicality of liftgate cargo bay
  • Cargo bay privacy lid
  • Plentiful standard feature set
    • Power folding, driver’s self-dimming, reverse auto tilting, heated side mirrors
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror + remote garage door transmitter
    • Bi-LED headlamps, white LED DRLs, amber LED directionals
    • Keyless comfort entry, ignition
    • Cruise control
    • Power windows,  express down x 2
    • 2-zone automatic climate control
    • 8 way manual w/ knee lift, 4-way lumbar & side bolster power adjust Alcantara + leather trim sport seats
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: 8-way manual adjust w/ knee lift + 4-way powered lumbar & torso bolster adjusting Alcantara + leather sport buckets are good for day tripping
    • Bluetooth wireless communications and music stream
    • 8.0″-inch TFT single dial gauge w/ LED segments
    • 8.8″-inch touch LCD infotainment display
    • 4 speaker , 160W streaming audio
    • Stand-out safety features & grades
        • 8 SRS airbags
        • Not crash tested but built on rigid BMW CLAR platform
        • Better than most sport coupe side and rear outward view
  • Standard safety and driver assistance
    • Forward Collision avoidance w/ pedestrian & cyclist detection braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, park distance warning, and auto high beams headlamps
  • 3 year / 36,000 miles bumper to bumper, 5 yrs / 60k mi. powertrain warranty includes 2 yr. / 25k mi. maintenance

What It Has Not (or Not Preferred):

  • Lacks 3.0T I-6 electronic active rear differential, Brembo multi-piston front brake calipers, adaptive electronic suspension
  • No Android Auto projection, available, Apple Car Play optional
  • No inductive wireless device charger
  • Low entry and exit body position
  • Long hood & tall cowl challenges forward view
  • Heavy frameless window coupe doors
  • No center armrest storage, exposed wireless device shelf too short for phablets

NEW for 2021 Toyota GR Supra

  • twin scroll 2.0L turbo I-4 engine
  • Color palette additions

Standout Cool Features included on tested 2021 Supra 2.0T:

  • Technology Package (optional):
    • Full adaptive radar cruise control, Blind spot & rear cross traffic warning, front + rear park assist w/ e- braking
    • Tri-pane, touch and remote I-drive touch pad rotary knob 8.8″ inch media screen control
    • HDD GPS navigation
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T: BMW cockpit is amended by Supra specific single dial & bar graph instrument cluster and steering wheel.

 

    • Supra Connected Services up to 4 year trial of real time traffic, weather, news, concierge
    • JBL 12 speaker, 500 W premium audio
    • Wireless Apple Car Play projection
  • Nitro Yellow color

ROADBLAZING.COM’s SUMMATION:

2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0T = Lighter in weight, on the wallet, and in fuel stops, a plenty gutsy turbo-four option make it the “right er” Supra for the road.

Contributing Editor: D. Kallioras

SEE ROADBLAZING.COM’s COMPLETE REVIEW AND GALLERY OF THE 2020 TOYOTA SUPRA GR 3.0T BELOW

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WHAT: 2020 Toyota GR Supra, 2-person sports coupe, designated J29 = the 5th model to bear the superlative.

 

Standard Power*: longitudinal intercooled twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0L DOHC 24V DI gas I-6 = 335 hp/ 365 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm + 8-spd. torque converter planetary transmission w/ shift paddles, driving rear wheels.

Power to Weight ratio compared to: Chevrolet Corvette C8; Porsche Cayman S, Jaguar F-Type P380

*available std. in MY 2021: longitudinal intercooled twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16V DI gas I-4 = 255 hp/ 295 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm (3.0T I-6, with power bump to 382 hp, will be optional)

(A) STYLING DIFFERENCE(S): All 4 previous Supra models were available as 2+2 passenger hatchbacks. The last A80 model shared common stampings with the Lexus SC 300 /400. Now a sibling of BMW‘s G29 Z4 roadster, the latest Supra is exclusively 2-seater coupe, but retains that liftback heritage.

2020 Toyota Supra GR 3.0T Premium: visiting Chicago’s Streeterville skyline with John Hancock hi-rise in background during COVID-19 home sheltering

 

PENNA TURBINA: The new Supra is an unabashed nod to the late 1960’s 2000GT grand tourer, then Japan’s Bond- ian answer to the Jaguar E-Type. Roadblazing.com spies a smattering of Fiat Turbina concept‘s bold rear quarters. The production Supra has remained astonishingly faithful to the 2014 FT-1 Concept. Ironically it turns out that Nobuo Nakamura’s design is more reminiscent of fellow countryman Joji Nagashima’s original E36/7 Z3‘s  retro roadster’s beak, than is the current Z4.

Witness a land speed record setter’s slender Coke-bottle fuselage. The twin cowl roof and low slung, long clamshell hood terminate in a first rounded, then pointed nose. Sans grille, three dark honeycomb air inlets occupy most of lower fascia with corner folds and a lower splitter. Lighting is a multi-segmented LED with prominent alternating amber directional / white DRL lower brow.

The windsceen, with thick A-pillars slants sharply. Integral lower body flaring rises to the rear wheel arches. A necessarily high beltline tapers with a prominent Hofmeister angled B-pillar. More powerful and equally prurient are the wide splayed rear quarter haunches, which seem to amplify ever morsel of road stone thrown into the wheel wells.  Darkened competition-style side skirts are continued at the lower rear fasia.

Out aft, no less explicit is a pinched ducktail spoiler. It rises from a widened liftgate decklid. Lateral lollipop LED taillamps stretch out wide to corner folds. A T-shaped gloss black lower fascia cradles a bumped out mid bumper, fitting polished dual corner exhaust tips.

2020 Toyota Supra GR 3.0T Premium: at desolate Chicago Millennium Park during start of COVID-19 home sheltering

WHY: Successor to Tokyo Drift king is exclusively 2 seater and highly Bavarian

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