It’s not unheard of for a nonluxury automaker to have two performance cars in its showrooms: Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, Nissan 370Z and GT-R, Ford Mustang and GT. But it is a bit odd for the Toyota GR Supra 2.0 and Toyota 86 to coexist as front-engine, rear-wheel-drive four-cylinder coupes with similar proportions. Said to bridge the gap between the 86 and six-cylinder Supra, the Supra 2.0 costs quite a bit less than its 3.0-liter sibling. I recently drove the new four-cylinder 2021 Supra and a well-equipped Toyota 86, the GT with TRD Handling Package, to figure out how Toyota’s four-cylinder sports cars compare.
One way they’re not close, however, is in starting price: The Supra 2.0 starts at nearly $16,000 more than an entry-level 86 ($43,945 versus $28,015, each including destination). Beyond price, the Toyota 86 and Supra 2.0 couldn’t be more different in how they drive — and I’m not sure one of them hits the mark for a sports car.