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The 2021 Toyota Supra Is Already Scheduled to Be Less Efficient Ahead of Its Release

Last year, the Toyota Supra made a glorious comeback after its long hiatus. This powerful sports car rivals the likes of other peak performers like the Mustang GT and the Porsche Cayman. The 2020 Supra was popular even before its official release, leading to some insane dealer markups.

Will the Toyota Supra continue to impress us for 2021? Sources have reported that its fuel efficiency rating will be slightly lower than the 2020 model. Considering how many sports cars only have average fuel economy ratings, this doesn’t surprise us. Also, the 2021 Supra will have another upgrade that will serve as an excellent trade-off for decreased gas mileage.

The 2020 Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra returned for 2019 as a sleek and stylish two-door model. It comes standard with comfortable sports seats, plenty of infotainment features, and a good selection of standard safety offerings. It’s also fun to drive and incredibly fast, with a 0-60 mph time of as little as 3.8 seconds.

This is thanks to its 3.0-liter inline V6 engine, which also comes equipped with a twin-scroll supercharger. It makes 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed transmission is standard, but the Supra also comes with paddle shifters inside the cockpit. 

New fuel economy ratings for 2021

The Toyota Supra currently has one of the best fuel efficiency ratings for its class. It gets 24 mpg in stop-and-go city traffic and 31 mpg on highway roads. For 2021, these will drop to 22 mpg on city roads and 30 mpg on this highway.

Additionally, a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine will become the Supra’s standard engine. It will make 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. We don’t have its official fuel economy numbers from either the EPA or Toyota. However, Toyota did state that the new Supra will still have a fast 0-60 mph time of 5 seconds. The V6 engine will now only be available as an upgrade.

The 2021 Supra gets more power

The V6 will be more powerful for 2021, updated to make 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. The active rear differential, adaptive suspension, and big front brake rotors were also removed from the newest Supra. This will make the car lighter and speedier off the starting line.

When you consider the better driving experience, the lowered fuel economy hardly seems like a big deal. It’s still way more fuel-efficient than many of its rivals while maintaining a lower sticker price.

What else is new for the 2021 Toyota Supra?

The 2021 Supra will also have smaller wheels than its predecessor – 18 inches instead of 19 inches. This may slightly affect the Supra’s handling, but its lighter curb weight and retuned chassis will probably make up for it. Its JBL sound system and heated seats have also been removed from the standard trim.

A few special edition Supra models will also be released for 2021. Consumers can buy the limited A91 edition with an exclusive blue exterior paint color plus special graphics and accents. The other is the GT4, which features a 430-hp version of the inline V6 motor. It also comes with a new exhaust system, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and a multi-link rear suspension. It may not be street legal, but it will be an awesome race car.

When will it be released?

Since the difference in gas mileage is pretty negligible, the hype for the new Toyota Supra hasn’t decreased. As long as it’s not delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, the 2021 Toyota Supra will be available in June 2020. We also expect its base price to be closer to $40,000. The special edition models are set to be released in August.