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Toyota Supra 2022 Review: Yet Another Fast & Furious Car

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The 2022 Toyota Supra is powerful and agile with either of its turbocharged engines. The Supra is a two-seat sports coupe. It’s the more powerful of Toyota’s two sports cars. Rivals include the related BMW Z4, Porsche 718, Jaguar F-Type, Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ duo, and even the Chevrolet Corvette. The Supra delivers the sports car goods, with agile moves and plenty of power from either engine. It lacks space and rides firmly, but it’s always fun to drive. Now in its third model year, the 2022 Toyota Supra adds an A91-CF (carbon fiber) Edition with a limited run of 600 units. It also features some minor equipment shuffling, and Apple CarPlay now covers the whole screen instead of part of it on models with the premium audio system.

The 2022 Toyota Supra confronts onlookers with lines, curves, and scoops. The Supra is a striking sports car. It’s attractive, but not as elegant as the larger Toyota FT-1 concept its design is based on. Festooned with surface undulations and scoops, it announces its presence with authority. We rate it a 7 for style based on its bold exterior and tidy interior. With prominent rear haunches, the Supra appears coiled like a predator ready to pounce. It has classic sports car proportions with a long hood and short deck, but its size packs a lot of design into a small space. It has numerous character lines, curves, and ducts that don’t always play well with each other, but it’s still a bold, handsome design.

Powerful, agile, and tossable, the 2022 Supra is a great autocrosser. The Supra is laid out like a sports car should be with power going to the rear wheels. The Supra is the more powerful of Toyota’s two sports cars. It’s shorter and faster than the 86 and has more grip. It’s agile on an autocross and a thrill on a racetrack. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that spins up 255 hp and a hefty 295 lb-ft of torque. It launches the car from 0-60 mph in a sprightly 5.0 seconds, and makes the power readily available through its quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Turbo-4 Supras are quick, but 6-cylinder models deliver a wave of sudden power. The 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 produces 382 hp and 386 lb-ft of torque, which vaults the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Peak torque arrives quickly at 1,600 rpm, making it easy for the same 8-speed automatic to provide power on demand. The turbo-6 also sounds a sonorous thrum during acceleration, with braps and pops between gears.

A stiff, short structure, a double-jointed front strut suspension, a five-link rear suspension, and wide tires give the Supra tenacious grip and sharp moves. The power, especially from the turbo-6, can overwhelm the rear tires and drift the car through corners, and the short wheelbase can send the rear end skittering in fast, sharp turns, so a steady hand at the wheel is best. The Supra’s agility makes it best on an autocross, but it also has track capability. Ride quality is stiff and busy, but not too harsh. Turbo-4 models have smaller 18-inch wheels and tires that help soak up bumps better, though they don’t offer the adaptive dampers. They also lack the electronic rear differential.

The Supra may be powerful, but its small stature gives it decent fuel economy. While the Supra doesn’t focus on fuel economy, it’s fairly efficient based on the turbo-4 version’s EPA ratings of 25 mpg city, 32 highway, 28 combined. The turbo-6 has EPA ratings of 22/30/25 mpg. The 2022 Toyota Supra is a low-volume sports car so it  hasn’t been crash tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS, but does have some important safety features. Toyota does provide a decent number of safety features. Automatic emergency braking and active lane control are standard, while blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control are optional. Buyers can turn off the stability control, but we recommend against it as the short wheelbase and prodigious power can make the rear end squirrelly.

The cabin is much more simple. It comes only in black, though the upholstery can be red. The dash has a horizontal theme, and the standard 8.8-inch touchscreen rises from the top like a tablet. The wide center console has a buttress to help isolate the driver. It’s a BMW vibe that can be stark in all black, though that is broken up by metallic trim and digital displays. Leather upholstery with black synthetic suede inserts is standard, and full leather comes on higher-line versions. Other touchpoints have soft surfaces, and it’s all put together well.

The Supra is a small sports car that fits two and has little cargo space. Getting into and out of the Supra is a chore. Occupants will occasionally smack their heads on the low-slung roof, and the seats sit so low that core strength is needed to wiggle out. Once seated, some may not like the legs-out driving position, though the seats have good bolstering and either eight- or 14-way adjustments to dial in the most comfort. A wide transmission tunnel separates occupants and pushes their legs outward, and tall drivers will want more leg room. The Supra is a hatchback without typical hatchback space. Its hatch area has just 10.2 cubic feet of shallow cargo space, which is less than the trunk of a typical subcompact car.

Toyota offers a small lineup for the 2022 Supra, but all versions are a value. The 2022 Toyota Supra comes in a small lineup of turbo-4 and turbo-6 models with just a few options. Toyota offers the 2022 Supra in 2.0, 3.0 and 3.0 Premium trim levels, plus an A91-CF Edition. Standard features on the $44,185 base 2.0 include manually adjustable seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery, carbon-fiber interior trim, an 8.8-inch gauge cluster, keyless start, satellite radio, an 8.8-inch center display, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 3.0 Premium for $55,685 gets sport pedals, a head-up display, 14-way power-adjustable sport seats with driver seat memory, heated seats, a 12-speaker JBL audio system with 500 watts, navigation, wireless smartphone charging, leather upholstery, and bigger rear brakes. The $64,275 A91-CF Edition comes with a carbon-fiber aero kit that includes a front splitter, side skirts, a ducktail spoiler, and front and rear canards. It also has matte black 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a red and black interior. The Supra comes with an average warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles, but it does include two years of free maintenance.

The 2022 Toyota Supra is a rare beast; one that we’re grateful and privileged that made it through the bean-counters hands after a 21-year absence. Blending in BMW bits has only helped to improve the Supra’s impressive pedigree. Razor-ready track performance is the forte of every Supra including strong power with either engine, predictable teeth-gritting handling, and technology nannies that actually let you have some fun. In the end, the BMW Toyota marriage is the best of both brands and we are all the wonderful beneficiaries.

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