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One of the coolest new kids on the block has a BMW engine in it. Actually, if you look closer, you’ll notice a bit more than just the engine being shared between the new Toyota Supra and the BMW brand as a whole. Nevertheless, the Supra has been getting glowing reviews and fans of the original are now very interested in the latest iteration of the sports car, some even saying it does ‘BMW things’ better than BMW.
Truth be told, most reviews we’ve seen with the Supra and the Z4, favor the Toyota, actually fueling the theory that the Japanese used the engine and chassis created by BMW better than the Germans themselves. Another interesting point always seems to suggest that the engine in the Supra make a lot more power than advertised.
In the video below we get to see it take on a car that is supposed to have more power. That camera car in this instance is a BMW E92 M3 and it is stock, as far as we know. That means it has 420 HP under its belt, coming from a naturally aspirated 4-liter V8, along with 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The Supra, on the other hand, is supposed to have 335 HP and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. However, independent measurements showed it actually makes closer to 390 HP.
At least the BMW M3 in this race has an automatic gearbox (the 7-speed DCT unit) to keep up with the 8-speed unit on the Supra. If the M3 was in manual guise, things would’ve been a lot worse. As for the weight factor, the M3 is the heavier model here but not by as much as you’d think, the difference being of just 80 kilos.