The Supra didn't really need more power, yet here we are.
If you were up in arms about Toyota sharing Supra development efforts with BMW, this story might cause more heartburn. A post on Spyder7 asserts that Toyota will borrow a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine from BMW's M Competition cars for a new range-topping GRMN Supra model in 2023. The report revives speculation on the car, which has been going on for some time now.
The "Gazoo Racing Meister of Nururgring" (GRMN) title lands on Toyota's hottest cars, such as the GRMN Yaris unveiled in Japan earlier this year. If this report is true, the Supra will get a massive bump in power and performance from the BMW powertrain. Spyder7 claims that the GRMN Supra will get a version of the M4 Competition's engine, overclocked to produce 530 horsepower. The engine produces 479 pound-feet of torque in its current form, but no mention is made of the GRMN Supra's expected figures.
It's claimed that Toyota may also offer an all-wheel-drive option with the Supra retaining its front-engine, rear-drive format as standard. M Competition vehicles are only available with all-wheel drive, so that's not a far-fetched assumption.
The GRMN Supra is said to feature large hood scoops and carbon bodywork to save weight. The image provided shows an aggressive front fascia and a large rear wing. The car lookslower and wider than the standard model, but we don't have any other details on exterior styling at this point.
It's worth noting that the current Toyota Supra isn't lacking power or torque. There's more than enough of each to send the car sideways with even a slight over-application of the throttle. The 2022 Supra 3.0 gets 382 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque - good enough for a sub-three-second 0-62 mph time.
We've also heard rumors that the car is getting a manual transmission option at some point this year, so 2022 and 2023 are shaping up to be the years of the Supra.
The GRMN Supra is expected to launch in early 2023 with a price tag that looks more BMW than Toyota. The car's rumored starting price is 10 million yen, or $80,695, and that's before dealers slap a markup on the sticker or scalpers snap them up for resale in an auction later.
By comparison, the 2022 Toyota Supra GR 2.0 starts at $43,290, and the GR Supra 3.0 starts at $51,640. The report also claims that Toyota will produce the car in limited numbers, likely adding fuel to the fire.