The Toyota GR Supra 3.0 is fast, taut, and purpose-built among sports cars. However, the little Toyota coupe is shrouded in jest regarding its close lineage to the BMW Z4. Still, the Supra is outshined by an unlikely member of the BMW family, but it’s not the Z4 you might expect. Instead, the BMW M240i xDrive can put a hurting on the Toyota GR Supra 3.0.
Is the BMW M240i xDrive faster than a Toyota GR Supra 3.0?
While the Toyota GR Supra 3.0 and the BMW M240i xDrive share DNA, the little BMW coupe edges out the Toyota sports car in a sprint to 60 mph. In Car and Driver testing, the 2022 M240i xDrive hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. That’s impressive, given the baby Bimmer’s muscle car-esque curb weight of 3,864 lbs. Still, it’s not just wasted poundage; the BMW M240i xDrive packs a sure-footed BMW all-wheel drive (AWD) system that allows it to launch hard.
In comparison, the Toyota GR Supra 3.0 is rear-wheel drive (RWD), if also much, much lighter. The Toyota sports coupe is nearly 500 lbs lighter than the 2+2 BMW M240i xDrive, making for what should be no contest. Instead, though, the GR Supra spins its tires to grip as hard as the BMW coupe and hits 60 mph 0.1 seconds slower. The results are the same in the quarter mile, with the BMW and Toyota models covering the distance in 12.1 and 12.2 seconds, respectively.
Does an M240i have the same engine as a Supra?
Despite the differences in platform and performance, the BMW M240i xDrive and Toyota GR Supra 3.0 have the same heart. Both cars pack a B58 twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder with 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than enough power to easily push the lightweight Toyota and sure-footed AWD BMW.
Moreover, the BMW 2 Series and Toyota GR Supra 2.0 pack a comparatively mild turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder mill at the lower trim levels. Still, with their modest proportions, both smaller-engine cars get commendable fuel economy compared to their mightier siblings. Specifically, both vehicles get around 29 mpg combined.
How much does the faster M240i cost compared to the Toyota GR Supra?
The 2023 BMW M240i isn’t just quicker than the Toyota GR Supra 3.0; it’s also cheaper. TrueCar shows that the AWD Bavarian coupe starts at around $48,895 with adaptive suspension, launch control, and Sport+ mode from the factory. Moreover, it’s about $4,000 less than the GR Supra 3.0’s $52,985 starting point. Of course, fans of the Supra and its newly available manual transmission won’t likely sway for the BMW’s lower ask.
Is the new Supra basically a BMW?
Despite the jokes and the collaboration between the two storied marques, the new Toyota GR Supra isn’t a BMW. It’s a sports car that benefits from the engineering efforts of two accomplished automakers. Moreover, it’s different from its BMW siblings in many ways. For instance, the Supra 3.0 offers a six-speed manual, unlike the BMW M240i or Z4. It all boils down to what you want in your two-door sports car.