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The iconic Toyota Supra arrived back last year – ready for the road or the track, comfortably and fast. A too short week of test driving the GR Supra gave us a nice smile.

One short year later, Toyota boosted the GR Supra offering with a more powerful 6-cylinder turbo power plant, retuned chassis then added a four-cylinder turbo model for enthusiasts to choose from.

We recently drove that new boosted 2021 Toyota GR 3.0 Premium for a full week all around Central Texas.  As before, we drove it to the store, to the mall and on the highway for all of the hours and miles we could get in.  Just when our smile was turning to a grin, we had to give it back.

As we found last year, at the end of the week, we wished we had just one more week. 

We had more miles to go in this updated version of the iconic Toyota GR Supra.  A road trip out into West Texas would have kept us grinning for sure.

2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium – As Tested

This latest GR Supra 3.0 Premium came in their new custom Matte Storm Gray Metallic exterior ($1,495 extra) with a black interior.   

Its distinctive roof profile, bold front grille, sleek coupe lines, arching rear spoiler and active dual exhausts deliver an aerodynamically efficient unique look. 

The 19-inch Forged Aluminum Twin 5-Spoke Wheels are mounted w/Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires (255/35R19 front and 275/35/R19 rear) and feature Super Plus Red Brake Calipers to complete a look that screams ‘FAST’ – even when standing still.

Powertrain

Spoiler Alert: With the new power plant, this 2021 version clocks 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. 

Under the hood, the 2021 GR Supra 3.0 is powered by a revised 3.0L in-line direct injection six-cylinder engine w/twin-scroll turbocharger.  This updated power plant delivers a whopping 382 horsepower (5,88 to 6,500 rpm) with 368 lb.-ft. of torque through the performance engineered 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 

 Equipped with an Active Rear Sport Differential – the 2021 Supra GR Premium is powered to fly. It features Drive Mode Select, (Normal and Sport) for added performance.  Its Vehicle Stability Control System has a Traction Control setting for additional performance.

 A Launch Control feature (Sport Drive Mode or Traction Stability Control Mode) when selected, optimizes standing start acceleration.

For those who like the sound of performance as well, our Supra GR Premium was fitted with a tuned Active Exhaust – adding adds just the right level of note (‘rumble’) – both accelerating and decelerating.  Subtle yet powerful – put the hammer down and they know you are coming.

Mechanical

Balancing all of that added power, the 2021 GR Supra 3.0  Premium features an enhanced suspension tuned for the power and augmented with lightweight aluminum braces from strut tower to radiator.  

Other handling elements include an Adaptive Variable Sport Suspension w/double Joint MacPherson Struts front and Five-Arm Multi-link rear with Sport Calibrated Electric Power Steering.

Braking is provided by Brembo (Red Calipers) 13.7-inch ventilated discs w/4-piston fixed caliper front and 13.6-inch ventilated disc w/single piston floating caliper rear.

The Active Differential further enhances the road and track handling by automatically controlling lateral torque distribution between the rear wheels.  When performance driving, the 0-100 percent flexing distribution of torque enhances cornering both when accelerating and braking in corners.

Lastly, where the rubber meets the road, GR Supra uses wider wheels and tires up front to enhance grab and grip and compliment the near perfect 50/50 front to rear weight balance.

Interior

GR Supra features a roomy cabin designed nicely for two – both comfort and convenience. In particular we noted the sport styled seating with black leather trim and the carbon fibre cabin trim accents around the cabin.

The headroom in Supra GR is a bit short for tall folks (38.3-inches), but the 14-way adjustable driver seat offers variable seat settings that mitigate the headroom challenge. With well-placed seat bolstering and sport knee cushions, seat position is comfortable with good driver visibility and control.  Leg room is more than adequate with good shoulder room.

Other elements of note include a Full Color Head Up Display w/Speed Limit info, large Single Meter Digital Display that incorporates and consolidates all the information a driver needs for daily or performance driving, Dual Automatic Climate Control and Sport Pedals.

Technology and Infotainment

Technology and infotainment elements in the GR Supra are enough, but not too much for this two-seater.

Mounted at the top of the stack is an 8.8-inch Wide-Format LCD Touchscreen w/Navigation that brightly displays information needed.

Audio is provided by a JBL 500-watt 12-speaker Audio System that features Apple CarPlay compatibility, SiriusXM and AM/FM radio, Handsfree Bluetooth Streaming and more.

A console-mounted Rotary Touch Pad Controller gives the driver single touch control of all the elements.

Other features include Wireless Smartphone Charging, Smart Key w/Smart Entry, Push Button Start and Toyota Supra Connect Telematics Services.

Safety & Convenience

The GR Supra does not lack for standard safety and convenience features.  They include Six-Lens LED Headlamps w/Auto On-Off and Automatic High Beams, LED Rear Combination Lamps, Rear Camera, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking w/Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning w/Steering Assist and Electronic Parking Brake

Our Supra Premium added the Drive Assist Package ($1,195) with Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Parking sensors w/Emergency Brake Function.

How Much for our 2021 GR Supra 3.0 Premium?

Our more powerful, test 2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium – w/ Drive Assist Package and couple of accessories – delivered to our garage for $59,205. If you are counting the dollars – just $2,945 more than last year.

2021 Supra Lineup

In addition to the GR Supra 3.0 Premium and GR Supra 3.0 – both with the new 6-cylinder – there is 2.0L option, the GR Supra 2.0 with a 255-horsepower four-cylinder power plant. 

Supra 2.0 starts at MSRP $42,990, with the Supra 3.0 at $50,990 and the Supra 3.0 Premium at $54,490.

Learn more about the new 2021 Toyota Supra GR series HERE.

Toyota 86 – another option

Toyota also offers another two-seater for enthusiasts – the Toyota 86.  It is based on the Subaru BRZ and offers a much less expensive to two-seater driving excitement.  In fact, two trim levels, both under MSRP 30,000. 

There will not be a 2021 Toyota 86. A significantly revised 2022 model will be coming along next year.

In the meantime – you can compare options for the Toyota 86 HERE.

 

KEY DATA:   2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium  

  • Model:                              Supra
  • Trim                                  3.0 Premium
  • Class:                                 Sports Coupe
  • Seating:                             Two
  • MSRP:                                $54,490          
  • As Tested:                         $59,205
  • Engine:                              3.0L Turbo I6 L Turbo GDI
  • Horsepower:                     382 (5,800 – 6,500 rpm)
  • Torque:                             368 lb.-ft. (1,800 – 5,000 rpm)
  • Transmission:                   8-Speed Automatic w/Paddle Shifters
  • Drive System:                    RWD
  • Wheel size                        19–inch Forged Aluminum
  • Fuel Economy                   22/30/25 mpg    city/highway/combined
  • Fuel Tank                           13.7 gallons