Is the 2.0 4-cylinder Toyota Supra worth it?

And does it make the GT86 irrelevant?

42w ago

Yes, I can already see your comments about the BMW'ness of this car coming. Yes, there are a lot of BMW parts in this car, maybe too many, and too obvious. However, I don't see why it's a bad thing. The German automaker doesn't make the worst cars on the planet, does it? I'll just say that I admire Toyota for being courageous enough to launch this no-brainer today. I totally understand why they did not want to invest too heavily in research and development for a car that ultimately won't be a best seller.

That being said, we still wanted the new Supra to have a distinctive look and way of driving. We may have lost a bit of the authentic Japanese soul, however, in return we're getting a much better sports car than the Supra ever was. The new car was co-developed alongside the BMW Z4, and even though they are both built in the same plant in Austria, both cars are not as similar as you'd think.

They may share the same platform and engines, but there are noticeable tweaks like the exterior design and the roof (Yeah, the Z4 only comes as a convertible). However, we are going to stop the comparison here because we haven't driven the Z4. That's OK, there is still plenty to write about the new Supra.

We were pretty excited when Toyota Switzerland handed us the keys of a new Supra. Even more when we learned that the car was equipped with the 2.0 4-cylinder engine. It may sound bizarre, but while everyone reviewed the flagship 3.0 6-cylinder one, we wanted to see if the Supra with the "entry-level" engine was worth it.

I admire Toyota for being courageous enough to launch this no-brainer today.

Jonathan Yarden

For the first time ever, Toyota has placed a 4-cylinder engine in a Supra. It's always been about inline-6s, and it raises the question: does it make the GT86 kind of irrelevant? The younger brother to the Supra has been around since 2012 and has become a reference for those looking for an affordable and sporty 4-cylinder car. However, with the Supra it's a different story as the car is bigger and more powerful. In fact, the GT86's 2.0 4-cylinder makes 205 horsepower for a total weight of 1'298 kg. On the other hand, the Supra's engine produces 258 horsepower and weighs 1'499 kg on the balance. The difference in pricing is quite significant too with a starting price in Switzerland of CHF 34'900.- (29'500 GBP) for the GT86 and CHF 59'900.- (50'600 GBP) for the Supra. That's because the new Supra is a more premium option, and you can feel it in the cabin. There is a lot of BMW going in there, so everything feels nice and well-built. You can rant about this "German" interior all day, but it's still a very nice place to sit in.

Now we know that the Supra is a whole lot different from the GT86. So, how does it compare to the 3.0 6-cylinder version? Well, again, we haven't driven the car so it will be complicated to draw some conclusions. But the 2.0 4-cylinder is lighter by nearly 80 kg, which should have an impact on the way it behaves in corners. Also, the smaller engine is obviously more fuel-efficient (8.2l/100km vs. 7.6l/100km). Not a lot, but still quite significant. Both cars can reach a top speed of 250 km/h, however, they won't reach this speed at the same time as the 3.0 only takes 3.9 seconds to go from a standstill to 100 km/h, while the 2.0 takes 5.0 seconds flat.

The "baby" Supra is kind of in a weird spot. It is an enthusiasts' car, and I feel that most people will choose the more potent 3.0 6-cylinder engine. However, when you see that there is a CHF 20'000.- (17'000 GBP) price difference between the two, I understand that some might start to think about the entry-level engine, and that is absolutely no problem. We really enjoyed our time in the 2.0 4-cylinder Supra. 258 horsepower is more than enough power and the 50:50 balanced chassis makes this car one of the most fun we have driven this year.

So, who are the 2.0 Supra's competition? Well, you have the Porsche 718 Cayman, Jaguar F-Type 2.0, Alpine A110, or Audi TT 45 TFSI. Honestly, there aren't many players offering a premium sporty 4-cylinder two-seater, and maybe that's why Toyota wanted to explore this niche segment. What the Supra has to offer is great driving dynamics, a premium-quality interior, a fantastic design, and an iconic name. It's great to see Toyota coming back with some emotional products and it has been too long since we had proper drivers cars in this sensible lineup. However, with the arrival of the Yaris GR and the Super Sport GR, the future looks promising.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Toyota Switzerland for making this possible. Here is also a link to their Instagram.

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Comments (84)

  • I think they had a simple fix with regard to the 'worth it' concept. Just call the 'baby Supra' what it was back in the day........a Celica. The Supra started its life as a Toyota Celica Supra, which meant it got the bigger engine, and other little touches. The cars back then were very close in appearance, so they could have done that here. The Supra would have the bigger engine, and the Celica didn't. Now, I already know the counter argument to this: People want to own a Supra, but without the bigger engine........that's called a put a Supra badge on a Celica back in the day was for posers, and this is just skirting the concept now. There was a recent article here about rebadging cars to better than they were builtl (the "AMG" badge comes to mind). Unless it's initially meant as a joke, most of us motorheads don't appreciate that behavior, as it screams "poser". Just because the manufacturer does it doesn't make the behavior more valid. Kinda how people who want 911 Turbos buy base 911's (or Boxters...sorry, just an opinion). So, back to the question: Is a 2.0L Supra worth it?.........No........Is a 2.0L Celica worth it?.....You bet.

      9 months ago
    • Didn’t think about that! Really interesting comment Timothy

        9 months ago
    • There's one small problem with that thought. The price. No way is that a reasonable price for the Celica.

        9 months ago
  • Yes, sharing underpinnings with a German car is great, hands down. But the reason people(who want the Supra) would choose the Supra over the competition is because they want that true Japanese DNA, that no-nonsense driving machine. And the new Supra has lost that. The only reason it'd sell is the name.

      9 months ago
    • Yes I understand, I’m still glad they did release a new Supra. It’s true that they could have been more discreet about these BMW features but it is what it is

        9 months ago
    • The people I know who love Supras and can afford them are very agitated about the car. I think you’re on to something.

        9 months ago
  • Hey @tribe is this car worth it?

      9 months ago
    • If I was in market for a 2 seater coupe, It'd be a Cayman or an F-Type and that's sad because I was a HUGE fan of the old Supra

        9 months ago
    • Really liked the old Supra as well. Honestly, tough decision for me but I'd certainly not go with the TT

        9 months ago
  • Personally I’d take the Z4 as I prefer the way it looks, but from your list I’d take the Alpine; it seems somehow purer. If I was taking the Supra, I’d definitely go for the smaller engine. I feel that to insist on the higher power of the 6 cylinder is to miss the point of the car.

      9 months ago
    • Haven’t driven the 6-cylinder but it’d be great to do so to compare both

        9 months ago
  • A 250 hp coupe? That’s a hard sell when the less expensive Ford Mustang eco boost makes 310 hp and has a semblance of a back seat. I think this is an option for people that want a Supra, but an affordable one.

      9 months ago