Is the 2.0 4-cylinder Toyota Supra worth it?
And does it make the GT86 irrelevant?
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.
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.
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