The New Toyota Supra Faces Its Fiercest Rivals From Porsche, BMW And Alpine; Can It Come Out On Top?

The new Toyota Supra landed earlier this year and it is finally time to see how it shapes up against its European opposition.

Autocar recently jumped into the driver’s seat of a white Supra over in the UK and lined it up against a BMW M2 Competition, Porsche 718 Cayman T, and Alpine A110 for some fun on a racetrack. Each of these four are two-door sports cars but they do differ in a number of (significant) ways.

For starters, the Alpine and Porsche are both mid-engined while the M2 Competition and Supra have their engines mounted up front. This means they handle quite differently. Additionally, the Alpine is the most ‘hardcore’ and stripped-back car of the quartet and while that makes it exceptionally fun to drive on a circuit, it is somewhat compromised for everyday use.

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In terms of power, it is the M2 Competition which has the most grunt, by some margin in fact. It’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine borrowed (but detuned) from the M3 delivers 404 hp. By comparison, the Cayman T pumps out 296 hp, the Supra has 335 hp, and the Alpine has 248 hp.

The British magazine concludes that all four are absolutely exceptional and picking an outright winner is difficult. All are very enjoyable to drive but each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. We won’t tell you which of the cars gets the nod as the best of the pack but will say that they are all quite evenly matched and worth investigating for anyone in the market for a sports car.


  • Six_Tymes

    So, to recap. If you want something very impressive in a sports car, you have to fork out a lot more money and buy a caymen GT4. that is sad that we cant get something that performs like a GT4 for less money.

    • robotlogic

      Why didn’t they put the Supra up against the BMW Z4? Oh wait because it is one.

      • Matt

        Is it? I had no idea….I think the focus of this article was on sports coupes, not roadsters.

        • robotlogic

          Yes, it’s made by BMW for Toyota in the Z4 factory using the same chassis & engine.

          • Matt

            Yeah… I know. Everybody knows.

          • mas921

            nope, wrong. only 10% is shared between the Z4 and A90 supra. GazooRacing developed the chassis “with” bmw then the rest of the car themselves. Supply chain is the same (hence the logos on the parts) to keep the cost down. and the Factory is NOT a BMW factory, its a Magna Steyr (parent company of Getrag) factory. where which porsche was planning on building the Cayman/Boxster in until they found a cheaper VW factory to do so.

          • robotlogic

            You are very wrong on all levels. The Z4 and Supra are made in the same factory in Graz, Austria. Toyota paid BMW to design and engineer the Supra for them. As a result the Supra and Z4 share the same chassis, engine and most other parts excluding body panels.
            I’m sorry if you want to believe otherwise.

  • nastinupe

    I skipped to the end and they said, “buy the one you want”? Did I miss something or was this just a waste of time?

  • Bo Hanan

    * The A110, (for it’s price) should have been a cheaper 911 competitor as it historically has been.
    * The THICK & CHUNKY manual shifter in the Cayman is perfect!
    * M2 just needs a proper manual 6-Speed, and “Motor” is BMW’s middle name.
    * Regarding The Supra, I’ll wait for the “M” and/or “M-Competition” versions……… (smile)

    • Matt

      No the Alpine shouldn’t have been a 911 competitor. That’s just commercial suicide when nobody can beat the 911. It’s far better as it is, small, nimble and very light (not to mention dimensionally similar to the original). In an age where cars are getting bigger and heavier, Alpine went the other way.

      • Bo Hanan

        It start life as such vehicle. And it would be a better car with a much lower price.

        • Matt

          The original was not built as a 911 competitor, in fact it pre-dates the 911. Historically Alpine has used many Renault components and Renault doesn’t have a suitable engine for a larger 911-size model, unless they used a Nissan engine. The cost is relatively high, but if Renault priced it cheaper they wouldn’t make any money. It’s expensive to build (all aluminum construction).

          Not sure why you keep dunking on the Alpine when it’s such a good car that every reviewer loves.

          • Bo Hanan

            The A110 had a 3 yr headstart on the 911, but the 911 set the standard for the segment and the Alpine followed, i.e. A310, GTA and A610.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Is it just me, or is every decently priced sports car nowadays an awkward looking ugmo? Used to be sports cars were the beauties of the car world…

  • Wandering_Spirit

    If i wanted to save money i’d take an Alpine. You can’t go wrong with a Renault Sport chassis. If i wanted the top i’d get a Cayman. If i wanted a daily driver i’d get the M2. I don’t know where the Supra fits. At least for me. That auto transmission makes things worse.

  • MdV

    Wish they would totally redesign the car when they finally offer it to the public for sale. It looks hideous the way it is now.

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