How many times can one fall in love all over again? When it comes to the Supra, the answer is many, many, times. Recently I found myself back behind the wheel of Toyota's sizzling two-seater, only to once again be wowed by this ever-so engaging sports car that doubles as a design masterpiece. This thing is a stunner from every direction.
The Supra is one of the best-looking two-seaters out there, if not the best-looking, in my book. Earlier this year I reviewed the 2022 Supra 2.0 in a gorgeous red. This time, I have the more powerful 3.0 version in a quite possibly even more enticing Black Metallic hue.
The Supra's proportions are absolutely perfect. A long hood, sculpted profile and distinctive tail end with a rear spoiler make for a gorgeous car. On top its aerodynamic double-bubble roof harkens back to the 2000 GT.
With the 3.0 you get larger 19-inch forged aluminum wheels as opposed to the 2.0's 18-inch. They're outfitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires for that oh-so-perfect grip on the road.
The Supra lineup boasts LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail lights. The 3.0 Premium also sports matte black auto-folding, heated outside mirrors with memory, and dual exhaust tips with brushed stainless steel tips.
The 3.0 Premium Supra is more powerful than the 2.0 and thus more suited for track enthusiasts. The 3.0’s inline-six turbocharged engine delivers an amazing 382-ponies along with 368 lb.-ft. of torque. That's substantially more than the 2.0-liter four-cylinder's 255-horses and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. And the 3.0 is fast. Toyota cites a zero to 60 time of 3.9 seconds.
Both rear-wheel drive Supra powertrains are currently equipped with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. But in 2023, a manual gearbox will be available for the 3.0.
A couple of other differences between the 2.0 and 3.0 to note: the 3.0 version is about 200 pounds heavier than the 2.0. The 3.0 also has 2-inches less ground clearance.
I've loved the interior of the next-gen Supra from the get-go. But wow does it amp things up with its new-for-2022 red leather-trimmed interior, available on the 3.0 Premium. The red leather sport seats are well-suited for the job. They keep you in place with well-designed side bolsters. The 3.0’s driver seat is 14-way power adjustable, opposed to the 2.0's manual operation.
I've noted before, the cabin is heavily influenced by the Toyota-BMW partnership which brought the Supra back to life in 2019. You'll find carbon fiber trim, heated seats, sport pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate, and a standard 12-speaker JBL sound system.
The center console is home to the gear-shift knob, multimedia rotary dial and various buttons for sport mode, automatic start/stop and the electronic parking brake. You'll also get wireless charging in here.
There are two 8-inch screens, one for the digital driver display, the other for the responsive Supra Command infotainment system. Also new for 2022, full-screen wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.
As far as utility goes, I think the Supra offers a nice amount of cargo space actually. It fit my storage needs anyway during my errand running.
Ride and Drive
The 3.0 Supra is at its core a sports car for driver enthusiasts. And it delivers. Wow is it a fun sports car with amazing acceleration. It's tuned to the nines to deliver sporty performance and handling thanks to a bunch of engineering greatness. It includes an active rear sport differential, aero underbody panels, adaptive variable sport suspension and powerful front Brembo brakes with red brake calipers.
It sounds the part, too, with an active exhaust system that really kicks into high gear in sport mode. It's not a quiet ride, it more rather to the point connects you to the road in such a fashion that a little road noise doesn't even compute.
I was very happy to see my test vehicle equipped with Toyota's optional Driver Assist package. I noticed it right away. It includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Parking Sensors with Emergency Braking Function.
The Supra 3.0 Premium features a standard color Head-Up Display with great graphics and readability.
Standard lineup driver assistance features include Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist, Speed Limit Info, Rearview Camera, and Automatic High Beams.
What You'll Pay
Options on this model include the DA Package ($1,195), cargo carpet mat ($80), wheel locks ($65) and an emergency kit ($59). The total MSRP as equipped is $57,114. And yes, to me the Supra is worth more than this on looks alone.
If you don't know it by now, I'm a huge fan of the Supra. No matter where you take it, to the track or just on an errand run, you're going to have a grand time doing it, while getting plenty of looks along the way. It's a no-brainer if you're on the hunt for a gorgeous sports car under $60,000.
PS: Every 2022 GR Supra comes with a complimentary one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).
- What I liked most: Sizzling looks, amazing performance and new red leather interior.
- What I would change: Can't think of a thing at present except make more ADAS features standard..
- MSRP: $54,690 base price; $57,114 as equipped with transportation.
- Fuel Economy: 22 city/30 highway/25 combined. (Premium Fuel required.)
- Odometer reading when tested: 3,873 miles.
- Weight: 3,400 pounds. (AWD).
- Spare Tire: Puncture Repair Kit.
- Length-Width-Height: 172.5” long/ 73” wide/ 50.9” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.7 gallons w/filler on the passenger’s side.
- Official Color: Black Metallic,
- Towing Capacity: N/A.
2022 Supra 3.0 Premium in a few words: Calling all driver enthusiasts. One ride behind the Supra 3.0 and you'll be hooked.
- Warranty: 36 months/36,000 miles basic warranty; 60 months/60,000 miles powertrain.
- Final Assembly Location: Graz, Austria.
- Manufacturer's Website: Toyota