Cast Your Vote: 2 or 3 Pedals?
Gone are the days of wild speculation: last week the Supra GRMN was spotted in real life. Adding fuel to the fire is a fresh video demonstrating the highly-anticipated coupé put through its paces at and around the Nürburgring. Even though we can’t be sure whether it had a manual transmission, a veteran photographer insists that he identified a clutch pedal. Therefore, we’d like to hear your opinion given the limited evidence presently available. What do you think?
When the car made its US debut in the 2020 model year, it sported a BMW-made 3.0-liter motor that initially produced 335 horsepower prior to being augmented to 382 hp for the 2022MY. One year later, an optional six-speed manual transmission was included as part of the offering. The German auto corporation has the stick shift coupled with a much more potent engine as the base M4 presents with 473 hp and three pedals. Unfortunately, its uncertain whether the Zupra will keep the B58 setup or be presented with the M4’s S58 at this time.
Perhaps the Supra GRMN won’t be allotted to challenge the M4, therefore positing that it likely will have reduced power. Recall that the S58 engine is retuned to 453 hp in the M2, and purportedly is slated for an increase to 473 hp at some point in 2024. Even if BMW wishes not to compete with the M2 either, Toyota continues to have a large extent of leeway since the Supra 3.0 carries less than 400 horsepower.
What if that sound isn’t emanating from the S58 but rather the B58? This non-M variant, when in its highest state of tune, produces 382 hp for the contemporary Toyota Supra and M240i models. It is fuzzy as to whether sufficient extra power can be gained to justify the GRMN insignia – which presumably calls for a much Magor boost due to the GR. A weakened form of the S58 looks very plausible.
Lately, BMW has been making a tidy sum by permitting other firms to employ its powertrains. For instance, the Ineos Grenadier off-roader incorporates the B58 and diesel B57 inline-six engines. Moreover, both the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport sport a strong V8 courtesy of Munich.
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