2021 Toyota GR Supra GTS Video Review – more power, more fun?

We voiced and Toyota listened. When the GR Supra first landed, we felt it could have been so much better with just a bit more power. And so, here it is, a GR Supra with an updated turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six engine for 2021.

Toyota’s hottest sports car now churns out 285kW of power from 5800rpm to 6500rpm, 35kW more than before and arriving 700rpm sooner. Peak torque remains the same at 500Nm but is delivered over a broader rev range between 1800rpm and 5000rpm.

Essentially, the GR Supra now has the same engine tune and output as the G29 BMW Z4 M40i, with which it shares the powertrain. The previous GR Supra had a ‘reliable’ tune of the same BMW-sourced B58B engine – of course, it’s a Toyota – but the conservative Japanese auto giant has now deemed the full-blown tune suitable for use in the GR Supra after a period of ‘proving itself’ in the Z4.

That’s a fantastic move indeed, because that’s exactly what the GR Supra needs. Thirty five kilowatts may not sound like much but it does make a huge difference in a car like the GR Supra. Most evident is in the 0 to 100km/h sprint time, which has dropped from the previous 4.3 seconds to just 4.1 seconds (claimed). And that’s properly quick, properly BMW M territory.

There’s now so much power for you to slingshot out of a bend and onto the next, but you now have to be more gentle with the throttle because – with the added punch – the rear will snap and come around when provoked at the wrong place and the wrong time. At a good set of hands though, the rear-drive GR Supra will absolutely dance.

Overall, the added power makes the GR Supra a more complete package. Top that with head-turning looks and a price tag of just a whisker on the good side of $100k, the 2021 Toyota GR Supra should be on any enthusiast’s ‘to buy’ list.

Watch our in-depth 2021 Toyota GR Supra GTS video review above for the full review.

Our Score: 4.3/5

2021 Toyota GR Supra Pricing and Specification

Pricing (Excluding on-road costs):From $87,126

GT: $87,126

GTS: $97,126 (tested)

Warranty:5-year / unlimited km
Country of Origin:Japan/Germany. Manufactured in Austria
Service Intervals:12 months/15,000km
Engine:Turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol:

285kW @ 5800-6500rpm, 500Nm @ 1800-5000rpm

Transmission:8-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Drivetrain:Rear-wheel drive
Power-to-weight Ratio (W/kg):193.5
0-100km/h (s):Claimed: 4.1, Tested 4.2
Combined Fuel Consumption (L/100km):Claimed: 7.7; Tested: 9.5
RON Rating:95
Fuel Capacity (L):52
Safety:7 airbags, ABS, BA, AEB, EBD, ESC, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist
Dimensions (L/W/H/W-B) mm:4,379/1,854/1,292/2,470
Kerb Weight (kg):1,505
Towing Capacity (kg):N/A
Entertainment:8.8-inch touch screen, AM/FM/DAB+, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, navigation

Competitors:

BMW M2 Competition, Porsche Cayman, Alpine A110, Audi TTS, Ford Mustang, Nissan 370Z Nismo

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