BMW Drag Race: M240i Vs. Toyota Supra

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Turns out BMW builds a better BMW than Toyota.

What would happen if you raced the BMW M240i xDrive against the Toyota GR Supra 3.0? Well, wonder no longer, for the question has now been answered.

The Supra used a detuned version of BMW's famous B58 engine when it was first launched. The 2020 3.0 models produced 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, but it was quickly upgraded in 2021 to the newer B58B30O1 unit used in the 2022 BMW 2 Series coupe.

Both cars produce 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Okay, the Supra has one lb-ft less, but that's hardly going to make a difference. The Supra weighs 3,400 lbs, while the Bimmer with its xDrive AWD system weighs a hefty 3,871 lbs.

BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, while Toyota claims the GR can do it in 3.7 seconds.

On paper, the Supra should walk all over the BMW.

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We know all too well that what you see on paper doesn't always translate into real life. We all know how good BMW's AWD and launch control systems are. The grip provided by xDrive is epic, but successfully launching the RWD-only Supra is trickier. But don't take our word for it. You've probably watched the video above by now.

The BMW doesn't just launch harder. It humiliates the Supra. Are we even sure that's not a 2.0-liter Supra?

Anyway, while the Supra turns its 382 hp into smoke and squealing noises, the BMW hurls itself into the distance and finishes the race a good few car lengths ahead of the Supra.

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Thankfully, that's not the end. The video also shows two additional rolling races: one from 30 mph and another from 62 mph.

The Supra has found some grip at this speed, and the curb weight starts making a huge difference. The Bimmer weighs roughly 400 lbs more than the Supra, and you can see that weight holding the BMW back. The BMW's blocky design probably also counts against it. The slick Supra slides through the gears much easier.

We wonder how this will play once the manual Supra becomes available. Maybe it will be easier to launch because this video makes it quite clear that the Supra can be quite a bugger to get off the line.

Let the comments commence.

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