When Toyota announced that they would be collaborating with BMW to build the new Toyota Supra, it seemed only logical that a Nürburgring lap time would be used to measure performance. Germans love taking their cars to the ‘Ring, so how come we haven’t seen any comparable performance data for the half-German GR Supra?
Officially, Toyota says it never set a lap time with the new Supra at the Nürburgring. Unofficially, Toyota and BMW did a heck of a lot of performance testing at the ‘Ring for the new Supra and Z4 twins, and there is no good reason why they couldn’t put one of their own drivers behind the wheel for an ‘on-the-record’ hot lap of the famed circuit.
Thankfully, this hasn’t stopped German auto publication Sport Auto from taking BMW-powered Toyota to the track to see what it was capable of. The German publication is well known for taking cars to the ‘Ring to see how close they can get to the performance figures stated by various manufacturers.
So, to put all doubts to rest, Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt headed to the Green Hell with the new 2020 GR Supra earlier this season to set a lap time on the Nordschleife circuit.
Gebhardt managed a lap time of 7:52.17 in the Supra – almost identical to the 7:52.36 that he managed in a BMW M2 Competition earlier this year. The Supra also outperformed its BMW badged twin — the Z4 M40i — by more than three seconds.
When you look at the numbers, the result doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Toyota GR Supra puts out a claimed 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque, compared to the M2 Competition’s 302kW/500Nm output. While independent dyno results have shown the GR Supra to have around 15-20% more power than claimed, the same can be said for the BMW.
Earlier this year, Supra chief designer Tetsuya Tada told Road & Track Magazine that the Supra would be able to lap the Nürburgring in 7min 40sec. Perhaps the slower lap time will be the motivation that Toyota needs to set an official lap time.
In Australia, pricing for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra starts at $84,990, while the BMW M2 Competition starts at $104,990.