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There are loads of great new cars on the market, in fact, it’s quite the mission to try and find a new car that isn’t good because we’re now in the era of great technology with information sharing meaning automakers have great products. In the world of sportscars there are even better components and parts used to make the car good, and that means you have to do some serious research if you’re in the market for one. You can always listen to what your buddies say and take their around-the-braai advice as gospel, but you have to know that their advice is often based on what their friends say, or they have unexplainable brand loyalty to one of the sportscar manufacturers because their granddad’s first car was a Toyota. One way to figure things out is to check the claims from the automaker and compares the stats, but while these can be impressive on paper, these things sometimes don’t translate to the real world. A car can have a claimed 0-100 km/h shunt, but when it comes to the actual testing it may or may not match the claims. This can lead to plenty of arguments at the bar, and that’s why there are YouTube channels dedicated to pitting new model cars against each other in the real world so that fanatics can have proof to back up their arguments when the wang-swinging starts. In this test, we see a trio of great modern sportscars pitted against each other; the new BMW M2, the Toyota GR Supra and one car that we’re sadly not getting in SA, the Nissan Z.

The three cars chosen are brilliant and have legions of fans the world over. The cars have technically been around for a while, but in this case, the updated versions that have recently been released go against the norm and are all fitted with a manual transmission to make them proper driver’s cars. Sure with a manual transmission, there’s a lot more fun and control even if drivers can’t swap cogs as fast as the automatic versions of these cars, but with manuals being on the decline these days, this trio is actually a pretty rare and special bunch. The Nissan Z features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that’s rated to produce 298 kW with 474.5 Nm of torque and all of that is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The other two contenders in this test feature inline 6-cylinder lumps, and they’re quite similar to each other thanks to both being produced by BMW. The BMW M2 features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six that’s rated at 338 kW with 550 Nm of torque, also sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The Toyota GR Supra’s BMW-developed 3.0-litre turbocharged inline 6 is rated at 285 kW with 550 Nm of torque, and like the others employs a 6-speed manual transmission. So looking at these paper stats, the BVMW M2 should clean up. Should… This test by Sam CarLegion is brilliant, and the results are surprising. You’ll still get people arguing with what they saw, which you’ll see if you decide to delve into the comments on the YouTube vid, but overall this was a pretty cool and very interesting test.

Take a look at the YouTube video that was created to end arguments and comparisons when it comes to a trio of some of the coolest new model rear-wheel drive sports cars. The video shows the cars doing standing-start drag races and also roll races just to make sure that there are no arguments about driver ability and launches and tyres and launch control and all the other excuses used when drag races are lost: 2023 BMW M2 vs Toyota Supra GR vs Nissan Z. Drag and Roll Race | Sam CarLegion

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