Toyota had no plans to take the GR Supra for a hot lap of the Nurburgring, so Sport Auto did.
Sport Auto test driver Christian Gebhardt took the Toyota GR Supra around the grueling circuit in less than 8 minutes. He managed to lap the Nordschleife in 7 min 52.17 seconds to be precise. What’s interesting is that the BMW Z4 had completed a lap in 7 min 55 seconds.
The new Supra is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged engine shared with the Z4. It produces 335 hp and 362 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Now, the old Supra was a hit with tuners worldwide. The new one is no exception. Street racing enthusiasts have already modifying their rides, with the aim of making their cars even quicker. A couple of months back, a heavily tuned GR Supra did a sub-9 second quarter mile.
In fact, Padapakis Racing thinks the BMW block is capable of producing 1000 hp with modifications. While a 1000 hp Supra will be more than a handful around the Nurburgring, a 500+ hp BMW M3 engine would probably be ideal for a car of this size.