2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2020 Toyota Supra

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the BMW M2 Competition have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Supra doesn’t offer pretensioners.

Both the M2 Competition and the Supra have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The M2 Competition comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Supra’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The M2 Competition’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Supra’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M2 Competition for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Supra (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Engine

The M2 Competition’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (405 vs. 335) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 365) than the Supra’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Transmission

The M2 Competition offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Supra doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The M2 Competition offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Supra doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Supra:

M2 Competition

Supra

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M2 Competition’s wheelbase is 8.8 inches longer than on the Supra (106 inches vs. 97.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The M2 Competition has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Supra can only carry 2.

The M2 Competition has 38.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Supra (89.7 vs. 51).

Cargo Capacity

The M2 Competition Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Supra (13.8 vs. 10.2 cubic feet).

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M2 Competition offers cargo security. The Supra’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M2 Competition has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Supra doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M2 Competition also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

On extremely cold winter days, the M2 Competition’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Supra doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The M2 Competition’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Supra’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Supra has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The M2 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Supra has never been an “All Star.”

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