POWER ISN'T EVERYTHING

Is power really everything? Perhaps not. Less so when you start talking about true sports cars. And what is the ultimate barometer for sports car performance? Their Nürburgring lap-time of course.

Take the Porsche 911 GT3 RS for instance. Powering the GT3 RS is a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre boxer motor that produces 383kw and despite its modest output, it can lap the 20.8km race track in 6:56.4. Significantly quicker than many far more powerful cars, like the McLaren 720S and the Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro.

But is the same true when comparing ‘more affordable’ sports cars? Take Toyota SA’s new GR Supra for instance. Propulsion comes courtesy of BMW’s B58 turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six, and produces just 250kw. However, Supra head engineer Tetsuya Tada reckons the A90 will lap the Nürburgring in around 7:40. Just an estimate? Probably not, because Toyota Gazoo Racing developed the Supra at the ‘Ring and they surely did flat out laps, they just didn’t make it official...yet.

What about the BMW M2 Competition? Arguably the most desirable M-car in recent years, the compact sports car uses the M4’s S55 twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six to produce 302kw – significantly more than the Toyota Supra. Despite being more powerful, it could only manage a 7:50, faster than the more powerful M4’s 7:52 effort.

Track performance aside, the M2 Competition really does look spectacular. This particular car, residing at BMW Abu Dhabi is finished in Long Beach Blue and is fitted with the optional M Performance aero kit. Incidentally, by fitting some of these track-honed M Performance bits, you can shave off as much as 40kgs off the M2 Competition. Also on offer is a BMW Motorsport-derived braking system, a coil-spring suspension that lowers the ride height by 20mm, forged wheels and a titanium exhaust system, with all these available on order from any BMW South Africa dealership. #TunedAutomotive #AutoAdvisorZA

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