Bask in MkV Supra Excess
A90 Supras of the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon
Troll all you want - at the end of the day we're just happy Toyota continues to throw bones to the ever-loyal J-brand enthusiast, like they did with the Mark V Supra. Yeah, we know the A90 is basically a differently skinned new BMW Z4 (both come from the same factory and use many similar parts), triggering what has been up to now a mostly laughable barrage of feeble badge engineering jabs. But origin only tells part of the story, because when it came to tuning and calibrating the MkV, that was all Toyota.
During filming of its recent Best Drivers Car slate of programming, the dudes at Motor Trend found themselves in the spot of having two comparably matched "BMW" - a track-centric M2 Competition and an A90 Toyota GR Supra Launch Edition - at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with pro driver Randy Pobst on call. It was the perfect opportunity to find out via hot-lap hustle who builds the better BMW (or at least the quickest around Laguna) — BMW or Toyota?
Powered by the M3's S55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, the M2 Competition makes 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, putting its power down through a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. The M2 Competition also gets upgraded brakes, carbon-fiber bracing, and aluminum axles. By the numbers, it'll sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, through the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at 114.7 mph, and lap Motor Trend's figure eight test in 24.1 seconds at 0.82 g average.
Under this Supra Launch Edition's hood sits a BMW-sourced B58 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 making 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. It drives the rear wheels through a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox. Thanks to its light curb weight—the Supra, at around 3,400 pounds, weighs about 200 pounds less than the M2—the Toyota is quick on its feet. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, through the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 111.2 mph, and it laps the MT figure eight in 24.0 seconds at 0.83 g.
Care to wager which is quicker around Laguna Seca? Watch to find out.