By Frank S. Washington
DETROIT – Let’s get right to it. For the 2021 model year, Toyota has expanded it Supra sports car line. It is a gambit in a crossover world, but the manufacturer obviously thinks it has the goods that will attract enough sports car lovers to make this venture successful.
New to the Supra lineup which was just reintroduced to the market a year ago, is the GR Supra 2.0. There is a GR Supra 3.0, which has more oomph under the hood but we’re not here to talk about that car. Besides, we have not driven it.
But we have sat in the driver’s seat of the 2021 GR Toyota Supra 2.0. First, the GR stands for GAZOO Racing. According to our search, GAZOO refers to the word “Garage,” a very intimate place where people work together to improve the smallest details, with the aim of delivering ever-better cars and services for each customer, in each garage. Racing is self-explanatory.
Our test vehicle was a prototype, meaning it was not for sale. This close to launch, it was probably a prototype 1, which means this is what’s going to be sold to consumers. All major changes and most of the smaller adjustments as well have been made.
This Supra was powered by an inline four-cylinder engine, a first for the Supra, and it had a dual-scroll single turbocharger. This engine generated 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at an awfully low 1,550 rpms. The engine was matched to an eight- speed automatic transmission. What’s more it tipped the scales at 3,180 lbs. That is light for a car.
The 2021 Supra 2.0’s torque, horsepower and light weight translated into a machine that was very, very quick. The two-seater was so fast there was not enough room to let it loose in the city. It could get from a standstill to 60 mph in five seconds flat. And it had an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The hallmark of this Supra is a long hood and short rear end. The car is a hatchback, with a lip spoiler on the end of the trunk. The 2.0 is 200 pounds lighter than the 3.0 while maintaining 50-50 weight distribution.
One of the ways they did it was by embarking on a weight reduction scheme throughout the car. The Supra 2.0 had smaller front brake rotors than the Supra 3.0 (330mm x 24mm vs. 348mm x 36mm), and with single-piston calipers vs. four-piston calipers
The Supra 2.0 did not have the Active Differential and Adaptive Suspension used on the 3.0 model. A four-speaker audio system was standard, vs. the Supra 3.0’s 10-speaker system. Although we had a premium sound system.
And the Toyota Supra 2.0 seats were manually adjustable, vs. 14-way power-adjustable in the 3.0.
A new safety and technology package is available for the 2021 and we had it on our Supra. That package included: dynamic radar cruise control (full speed), blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors with emergency braking function, navigation, a 12-speaker 500-watt audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay® compatible (iOS only).
There was Supra connected services: up to a four-year trial includes remote services, remote maintenance, automatic emergency call, real time traffic information, concierge, stolen vehicle recovery, and map updates.
The 2021 Supra was a traditional spots car. It was two seats and no room for anybody else. The interior was close but not cramped. Sightlines were good, although we wished they had mounted the sideview mirrors on the body and not the A pillar to rid the car of the blind spot that caused.
The car had keyless locks and ignition. It also had stop start which could be turned off easily. Of course, there were bucket seats. The instruments were digital. In front of the driver was an odometer, the speed readout was on the side and the temperature gauge and the fuel gauge were in each corner.
There was a multifunctional dial that controls most of features. The USB jack and the 12V plug were below the radio controls and the touch infotainment screen which was embedded on the dash. This was a straight to the point no nonsense layout.
The Supra 2.0 handled like a go-kart. Acceleration pushed us back in the seat. Braking and cornering were both sports car quality. There was a sport ride mode that we didn’t bother with because the normal ride was sports car quality. We felt every bump in the road and that is the way it is supposed to be with a true sports car.
Pricing for the 2021 GR Supra 2.0 starts at $42,990.
Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com