Toyota GR Supra review

Category: Sports car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 interior infotainment
  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 front cornering
  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 front right tracking
  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 rear tracking
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  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 nose detail
  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 headlight detail
  • Toyota GR Supra 2021 rear lights detail
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

We always aim to look after our readers' interests when recommending cars. Often that boils down to value for money, but for the Toyota GR Supra, we think the pricier, 335bhp six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine is the better choice.

Why's that? Well, the GR Supra's handling isn't its key strength, as we'll detail in a bit. It feels more like a long-legged GT car than a lithe sports car, so this torquey, powerful and smooth engine suits that character better than the 254bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder alternative. 

Whichever engine you choose, it'll come with a smooth-shifting, responsive, eight-speed automatic gearbox and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which is meant to help you get the power down on the road.

The fact is, though, that the GR Supra wants to break traction more readily than the A110 and Cayman, especially in the wet. A lot of that is down to the Supra's slightly iffy suspension set-up, although it's also partly because it's front-engined (the engine weight in the middle of the A110 and Cayman helps to press their rear tyres down harder and generate more grip). 

You get adaptive dampers as standard, but whether they are set in Normal mode or the firmer Sport setting, the result is the same: the Supra simply doesn't ride mid-corner crests very well. It has a tendency to hop off every bump, which destabilises the rear wheels and, on a damp surface, leads to a slide if you have the accelerator pressed down.

The good news is that the slide comes progressively, so it's fun rather than threatening to feel the Supra moving around at the rear. The bad news is that it's not a very good trait for a sports car if you want it to be fast.

The GR Supra is better than the even more wayward BMW Z4, but the A110 and Cayman have much better-tuned suspension. They feel more planted, so they carry more speed, and you'll feel a lot more confident behind the wheel. 

On the subject of the steering wheel, what that's connected to isn't great. The GR Supra's steering is far too quick and trying to get it to flow down a series of bends is a challenge. It's meant to make it feel sporty but, as the fine-steering A110 and Cayman show, truly sporty steering should feel natural so you don't have to think about your inputs. 

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