The Toyota Supra has been in the news recently with reports like this one on MotorBiscuit alleging that a $55,000 model was sold for almost twice that price. How does it compare against the BMW M2 and the Porsche Cayman, both of which are about $10,000 more expensive than the Toyota Supra? AMCI Testing is a good agency to ask this question since it’s been in the business of evaluating cars and trucks for over 35 years. AMCI tests over 150 vehicles at its facilities in Southern California. In August 2019, AMCI Testing published the results of their closed-course laps testing on the Supra, M2, and Cayman.
Technical Specifications of the Tested Cars
2020 Toyota GR Supra
The 2020 Toyota Supra had a turbocharged and intercooled, 24-valve I6, 3.0-liter engine that generated 335 HP at 5,000 rpm and a torque of 365 lb-ft at 1600 rpm. It was equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive drivetrain. The car had Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 255/35ZR19 front tires, and 275/35ZR19 rear tires. Both the front and rear brakes used ventilated discs. The curb weight of the test car was 3378 lbs. and its price, $56,510.
2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe
The 2019 BMW M2 was equipped with a twin-turbocharged and intercooled, 24-valve I6, 3.0-liter engine that generated 405 HP at 5230 rpm and a torque of 406 lb-ft at 2350 rpm. It had a 7-speed M-Double clutch transmission and RWD drivetrain. The M2 had Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and the front and rear tire sizes were 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19 respectively. Both the front and rear brakes used ventilated discs. The test car weighed 3612 lbs. and its MSRP was $64,545.
2019 Porsche 718 Cayman PDK
The 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman was equipped with a turbocharged and intercooled, 16-valve Flat-4, 2.0-liter engine that generated 300 HP at 6500 rpm and a torque of 280 lb-ft at 1950 rpm. It had a 7-speed Porsche Dual Clutch (PDK) transmission and RWD drivetrain. The car had Pirelli P Zero N1 tires, and the front and rear tire sizes were 235/40ZR19 and 265/40ZR19. Both the front and rear brakes used ventilated discs. The car’s curb weight was 3104 lbs. and the tested model had a price of $66,550.
The detailed specifications of the three cars are on this AMCI Testing page.
All three cars were new at the start of testing. They were broken in by driving for 2000 miles, according to each car’s specifications, before track testing commenced. The cars had new, scrubbed, original equipment tires and electronic stability controls were turned off for the test.
AMCI Testing’s expert drivers drove the cars around their Streets of Willow Springs test tracks. They drove a total of 175 laps to figure out the vehicle configurations for the best performance for each vehicle. Each car was driven by multiple drivers to calculate a meaningful per lap average time from eight laps.
The Toyota Supra turned in a faster average lap time than its pricier competitors: it clocked in at 1 min 9.75 secs while the M2 took 1 min 10.25 secs and the Cayman’s time was 1 min 10.97 secs. Not only did it go faster, but the Supra stopped a lot better as well: it’s 80-0 mph braking distance was 182.2′, the Cayman needed 191′ and the M2, 199.6′.
And, the Supra also did well in generating the highest G-force for turning a 180˚corner: 1.171 for the Supra vs 1.105 for the Cayman and 1.100 for the M2. For those looking for super sports car performance, the Toyota Supra provides more of it at a lower price than its closest competitors.