Now that we’ve had a couple of years to play with the Toyota GR Supra let’s take a look at some of our favorite features of this supercharged sports car. And revisit the one item left on our wish list.
The Supra Roars Back to Life
To the surprise and delight of sports car enthusiasts, Toyota brought back the dormant Supra name in 2020. In 2021 the automaker added some horsepower to the 3.0L inline-six, taking it up to 382 hp while adding a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0L option.
Toyota designed its new Supra with a near 50-50 weight balance with the engine sitting as far back in the compartment as possible to center the vehicle’s mass for optimal handling. And, while it doesn’t factor into its curb appeal, the underbody is a design masterpiece as well. Its flat undercover is sculpted with channels and spats that direct the air currents underneath the car to mitigate aerodynamic lift and maintain the Supra’s stability.
Sharing a production line with the BMW Z4, you’re likely to find several engineering similarities, but the GR Supra’s unique style and performance enhancements—along with its surprisingly affordable price—rocketed it to the top of many experts’ lists of favorite sports coupes.
A Look at What’s New for 2022
In addition to its performance boost, the 2021 GR Supra also upgraded the infotainment screen from a 6.5-inch to an 8.8-inch in all trims.
In 2022 you’ll get more exciting options, including:
- A limited-edition A-91 CF (Carbon Fiber) trim. Only 600 A-91 CF models will be produced, making them an instant collector’s item.
- The 3.0 model gets heated seats and a 10-speaker audio system
- The 3.0 Premium trim includes wireless Apple CarPlay
Bonus: A Free NASA Membership
Besides boasting a Launch Control feature and pulling some serious g’s getting from 0-60, every 2022 Toyota GR Supra includes a complimentary 1-year membership to NASA!
Okay, so it’s not that NASA. This one is the National Auto Sports Association, and for performance car fans, it’s nearly as cool as heading into space. Membership includes:
- One free High Performance Driving Experience where GR Supra owners get one-on-one driving instruction from a NASA pro driver
- Discounts on admission to NASA-sanctioned events
The One Thing Left on Our Wish List
We appreciate the available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters in the GR Supra, don’t get us wrong. But a supercharged performance sports coupe like the Supra demands a true manual transmission. The rumors of a stick shift option persist but have yet to manifest on the production line.
The Sports Coupe for the Rest of Us
If you’re of a certain age, you may have memories of waiting at the bus stop after school while the rich kids whizzed by in their souped-up Celica Supra. With the return of the Toyota GR Supra, now is your chance to get behind the wheel of one of the coolest, street-legal cars available. And being relatively affordable, you don’t need to have rich parents to drive one.
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