Tested: Modified 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Proves a Great Car Can Be Made Better

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Tested: Modified 2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Proves a Great Car Can Be Made Better

There’s a tiny little gas station tucked away in the California hills between Lake Elizabeth and Castaic. We know, because we nearly kissed the ground in relief when pulling up to it on fumes to refill Shiv Pathak’s modified 2021 Toyota Supra. It’s not that the Supra gets poor fuel economy, but rather that we enjoyed driving it so much that we didn’t stop until we absolutely had to. This car turns corners into potato chips—you always want one more. Then one more again, until the quarter-tank of gas that seemed like more than enough for a quick spin around the neighborhood turns into a low fuel light miles away from where you started.

Pathak’s version of the Supra is subtly spiced. It takes a sharp eye to notice any changes other than the Yokohama Advan A052 tires on 18-inch bronze wheels that replace the stock 19-inch Michelins. Look closer and you’ll see front dive planes whiskering the nose, and in the rear, a delicate diffuser hanging below the exhaust. The tire change alone makes the car a delight; the cushioning effect of the taller sidewalls and flypaper stick of the Advans make bumps disappear and corners straighten. Tune up the engine to Pathak’s claimed 500 horsepower and take away some of the slight resistance in the stock Supra’s steering and you’ve got an excellent car made irresistible.

 

 

Improving the Supra is a tall order. There isn’t a C/D staffer who doesn’t like it straight from the factory. It looks lumpy in an exciting way, like a vehicle penned by that kid in fifth grade who drew superheroes with 12-pack abs. With a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, it’s a 12-second drag racer that can pull more than 1.00 g on the skidpad and still get fuel mileage in the high 20s mpg (We averaged 26 mpg with our long-term 2020 Supra 3.0.) Pathak’s company, OpenFlash Performance, which specializes in tweaking ECUs for stronger horses and expanded torque ranges, felt that almost perfect wasn’t good enough.

 

 

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

 

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