2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 - Review by Mark Fulmer +VIDEO
A True Sportscar - Style, Speed,and Handling
THE AUTO CHANNEL
This week's test of the 2021 Supra had me answering a lot questions in parking lots, gas stations, and street intersections. Probably this most archtypal was a young man who crawled almost out of his tiny sliding window at a neighborhood fast food chain, and bellowed "I LOVE that car !!!" Yes indeed, Toyota has fired up a lot of cabin-fevered folks with its aggressive styling and and 0-60 mph capability in 3.9 seconds (using the Launch mode).
Flashy styling makes this sports car a real head turner. The ducts and scoop, the super slanted triple headlights, the cocky rear end with its steely-eyed tail lights,and the no-nonsense paint all combine to offer a no-holds-barred countenance.
As a two-seat hatchback, there is 10.2 cubic feet of cargo space under the hatch which works for medium items not found at Costco.
The two seats have ok head and leg room, but during your test drive determine if the seat bolsters are comfortable for long trips. Entering and exiting is a bit of oregami and yoga but no big deal for the young and/or spry. There are two cupholders that are behind your right elbow in the center console - a bit of a bend - but you'll probably have so much fun driving that you will forget about using them while in motion.
And what lies beneath the flashy hood is some serious git-up-and-go. It comes with a Twin Scroll engine putting out 255hp with 295 lb-ft of torque. Why, you may wonder, twin scroll? "The Twin-scroll turbochargers are better in nearly every way than single-scroll turbos. By using two scrolls, the exhaust pulses are divided. For example, on four cylinder engines (firing order 1-3-4-2), cylinders 1 and 4 might feed to one scroll of the turbo, while cylinders 2 and 3 feed to a separate scroll." (Wikipedia)
The driving experience reminded me of the first time I rode a quarterhorse: the quickness, the torque available at all speeds, the sure footedness, and I did not miss a manual transmission in the least and thoroughly enjoyed the 8speed transmission and how it so smoothly slid through the first three gears (at 1 second per gear). For the pro driver point of view of the Supra 3.0, take a gander at David Colman's in-depth analysis.