If you had roughly $60,000 sitting in your bank account and lived in the U.S., would you buy the BMW M2 Competition or the Toyota Supra?
Now, before you answer 'I’d get a C8 Corvette!’, deliveries of the budget mid-engined sports car won’t start until next year so for the time-being, the Supra and M2 Competition are among the best value-for-money rear-wheel drive sports cars on the market.
Prices for the A90 Supra start at $49,990 while prices for the M2 Competition kick off at $58,900 so logic would dictate that the Supra has to be slower. The specs also indicate this.
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You see, whereas the M2 Competition features a 3.0-liter engine with two turbochargers, the Supra uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder but with just a single (twin-scroll) turbocharger. Peak horsepower for the M2 Competition sits at 405 hp while the Supra pumps out a respectable 335 hp.
Motorsport Magazine recently lined up the duo for a drag race down a 1 km (3280 feet) runway and it was (unsurprisingly) the BMW that came out on top. However, the Supra put up a good fight and was neck-and-neck with the more powerful and expensive M2 Competition up until 80 km/h (50 mph). The additional grunt of the M2 saw it stretch out a lead as the duo accelerated beyond 200 km/h (124 mph).
Toyota recently indicated that a future version of the Supra may receive BMW’s latest twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder from the X3 M and X4 M. This would give the car a significant power advantage over the M2 Competition. Will BMW actually be willing to supply Toyota with its engine due to concerns the Supra could snatch sales away from the next-generation M4?