Well, you’re about to find out just that

When Toyota launched the 2020 GR Supra, many fans of the nameplate received the news with a dose of skepticism. Unlike the previous generations, the new Supra shares a lot of internal bits and bobs, engine included, with another car - namely the BMW Z4. Some say it’s not a Toyota anymore, but a rebadged BMW. We just think they’re entitled to their opinion.

MotorTrend went further with the comparison and pitted a 2020 Supra against a 2019 M2 Competition. They both have straight-six engines made by BMW, they’re both RWD, and they’re very similar when it comes to 0-60 acceleration.

Is the Supra vs M2 Competition a Fair Fight?

Can the Toyota Supra Beat the BMW M2 Competition On the Track?
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Yes and no. We’ve seen a couple of drag races between the Supra and the M2 Competition, but a circuit-only duel didn’t surface until MotorTrend decided to pit the two sports car in an episode of its BDC Hot Lap Matchup. Behind the wheel was Randy Pobst, in charge of hooning each car one the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca to see which can pull off the fastest lap.

So, let’s get to meet the cars. A 2020 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition like the one in the video is fitted with a single-turbo twin-scroll 3.0-liter, B58B30 inline-six mill tuned to produce 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic with a torque converter. 0-60 takes just 4.1 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph.

Can the Toyota Supra Beat the BMW M2 Competition On the Track?
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On the other side of the ring, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition comes to the party with “pure M car” claims backed up by a 3.0-liter turbo S55B30 straight-six (same as the M3/M4) bolted to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

You can also have it with a six-speed manual but the car in the video uses the automatic. 405 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque reach the ground via the rear wheels, allowing for a 0-60 sprint time of four seconds flat and a top speed of 155 mph - with the e-nannies off, the M2 Comp can reach 174 mph, but you’ll want the Autobahn to test that.

Can the Toyota Supra Beat the BMW M2 Competition On the Track?
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So, as things stand the M2 Competition is more powerful and it packs more torque, so in theory, it should best the Supra on the race track. Well, not quite, because the BMW has a weak spot: its weight. It tips the scales at 3,665 pounds, whereas the Supra weighs 3,397 pounds. And that’s enough to put the Supra in front at the end of the hot lap.

Can’t believe it? Check out the video below.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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