Toyota Supra tires – our picks
By: Discount Tire
To say the debut of the new Toyota Supra has been a polarizing event in the automotive industry would be a serious understatement. From when we started to hear rumors in 2018 that it was finally going to go back into production all the way to the first production unit going for $2.1 million at Barrett-Jackson, the GR Supra represents a return to the performance side of the Toyota nameplate that has been sorely missed.
Most either love or hate how it looks, and don't really know how to feel knowing it's a shared platform with the BMW Z4. And now with Toyota confirming a four cylinder variant alongside an improvement over the 335 horsepower turbocharged inline six of the 2020 launch version to the 2021 Supra's 382-horsepower
But you can read up on all of gossip and speculation around the new Supra elsewhere, because we're here to talk one thing only.
What tires are on the new Supra?
On its webpage, we get the standard type of fine print that you'll see under the disclaimers for a lot of performance vehicle tires:
"19-inch performance tires are expected to experience greater tire wear than conventional tires. Tire life may be substantially less than mileage expectancy (or 20,000 miles), depending on driving conditions."
What kind of tires have a mileage expectancy of 20,000 miles?
Staggered ultra high performance tires—that's what kind.
Which would make total sense. We'd expect that a sportier, more affordable performance all-season tire will be the OE tire choice for the entry-level four-cylinder version of the Supra when it comes out, but with advertised top speeds of 155 mph it'll need at least a W, Y or Z speed rating on its OE tire.
2021 Toyota Supra Tire Picks
On the stage at Barrett-Jackson and upon its launch, the Supra has worn Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in a staggered 255/35ZR19 front and 275/35ZR19 rear setup. It's a high-caliber choice for an OE tire for an otherwise high-caliber vehicle.
Among the Supra tire swap options below that we'd go with here at Discount Tire, we think these could also serve as great replacement options—especially as many owners will want to experiment with plus sizing based on how they're going to use their Supra—autocross and track days surely being on the docket.
And as popular as the aftermarket was for the old Supra, GR Supra owners will undoubtedly be swapping out the stock wheels for different radius, weight and style options. If wheel swaps are beyond plus-zero sizing, we think the three picks below should also be in the running with the Super Sports.
Nitto NT555 G2
Our first pick is the Nitto NT555 G2. It's an attractively-priced summer performance tire with all of the chops of many of its more expensive competition-based contemporaries. For those looking for some continuity in their stable of vehicles, the Nitto label will already be familiar for any owners of Toyota's line of TRD Pro off-road vehicles, many of which come equipped with the highly-capable Nitto Terra Grappler G2. It also comes in a slightly higher treadwear rating than the Super Sports, which means it should last a little bit longer if you daily your Supra.
With an aggressive look in its directional tread pattern, for any future Supra owners who also plan to daily their GR Supra the NT555 G2 can also handle a wet commute while providing the direct and adept handling this car is purpose-built for.
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
The Potenza S-04 Pole Position is Bridgestone's mainstay for the autocross and track-day enthusiast. As you'd expect, the grip on this tire is something you need to experience to believe, which is perfect for any future Supra owners who are really looking to explore the limits of tthe Supra on the track or when the streets are empty.
With a true racing pedigree, the S-04 is frequently seen on cars (when new) valued many times over the Launch Edition 2020 GR Supra's starting MSRP of $55,250. This is a tire than can support and maximize any power-adding mods you eventually make to your Supra as well.
Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105
We think running a Yokohama sidewall on the new Supra would be a beautiful overture to the prior-generation. In this case, the ADVAN Sport V105 is the one we'd go with. Its angled network of deep grooves and shallow-cut sipes make for a well-balanced performance tire that's ready to rip at a moment's notice. This would also be a great swap for the four-cylinder Supra owner who wants to mix things up on the autocross course or have a little more rubber to throw around in the corners.
What do all of these brands have in common? They're renowned Japanese tire manufacturers popular in enthusiast and tuner communities—just like the fourth generation A80 Supra was, and like the fifth generation 2021 Supra is improving on.