2023 BMW M2 vs Toyota GR Supra: Battle of the Track Stars

BMW and Toyota’s sports car rivalry is intense. The latest contenders? The Toyota GR Supra and the 2023 BMW M2. Both are track-ready, but which reigns supreme? Road & Track tested them at Lime Rock Park to decide.

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The 2023 BMW M2 excels both on and off the racetrack. Its G87 engine boasts 71 more horsepower than the Toyota rival. Starting at $63,195, the M2 might seem pricier, but it’s worth every penny.

The M2’s S58 engine, shared with the M3 and M4, delivers 406 horsepower and 406 lb-ft torque at 3500 RPM. Paired with an 8-speed auto, power flows smoothly. Yet, R&T tested the six-speed manual. The M2’s 10-level M Traction Control lets drivers customize their grip, allowing controlled oversteer for the daring.

Road & Track notes the M2’s front end quickly responds, and its rear follows suit, ensuring agility. Its balanced control instils driver confidence. The optional carbon bucket seats enhance feedback, making the car feel intuitive, even at its limits.

The 2023 Toyota GR Supra offers its own merits. Though 71 horsepower is short of the M2, it’s 400 pounds lighter, says R&T, giving a truer sports car feel. Toyota’s surprise move to add a manual transmission for 2023 excited fans. R&T finds the Supra’s six-speed more engaging than the M2’s.

The Supra may feel lighter with a superior manual but falls short of track satisfaction.

The BMW M2 easily outpaced it. With better brakes, traction control, speed, and agility, the M2 showcases BMW’s driving prowess. It melds power, agility, and steadiness into a thrilling track ride. For track-focused sports car enthusiasts, Road & Track recommends the BMW M2.

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