Two different turbocharged powertrains are offered, one inline-four and one inline-six, both of which drive the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. To be honest, this automatic transmission does an excellent job, shifting gears neatly and responding quickly to the Supra’s shift paddles. We are so impressed with the Supra that we have included it in our annual top 10 lists two years in a row. Its comfortable cabin, while not the right size for all drivers, is very well finished. Do you want a convertible? Then you will have to get the Z4; the Supra is available only as a coupe.
To help the Supra expand its range, the company is also adding A four-cylinder inline model, which is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that generates 255 horsepower. The high-end A91 special edition comes standard with the six-cylinder engine and adds a number of appearance elements to the interior and exterior to set it apart from regular Supra models.
We would skip the Driver Assist package; It adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and lane center assist that is more annoying than helpful. Buying a Supra gives you a one-year membership in the National Automotive Sports Association and a free day at a high-performance driving event. The money saved by not opting for the Driver’s Assist package would be spent wisely on additional time on the track and spare tires.
On the test track, our long-term 2020 Supra 3.0 set some really impressive acceleration numbers: zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and zero to 100 mph in 9.5. In fact, it’s even faster than the fourth-generation Supra that was powered by a sequentially turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with 320 horsepower. It’s a shame there isn’t a manual transmission available, but the hope is not completely lost; The Supra is rumored to win a suit later in its production. Despite its performance potential, the Supra’s suspension is forgiving enough for everyday driving. The lowest-priced four-cylinder model is new for 2021 and delivered a quick 4.7-second run from zero to 60 mph on our test track. That’s faster than the Supra’s German cousin, the BMW Z4, which managed a 5.0-second time from zero to 60 mph.
Now with more horsepower, the fuel economy ratings for the 2021 Supra 3.0 take a slight bump, but still good, getting 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25 mpg combined. That’s more efficient than the Camaro, Cayman GTS, and M2. In our tests, this model exceeded its highway rating and delivered a stellar 38 mpg.