► A harder, faster Supra is spotted at the ‘Ring
► Could this be a Supra GRMN?
► More aggressive aero, likely more power
An angrier and more track-ready version of the Toyota Supra has been caught testing at the Nürburgring, suggesting the future introduction of a Supra GRMN model.
The prototype features camouflage over what looks to be a redesigned front bumper, as well as over the rear deck. Beneath the bright geometric pattern, dive planes can be spotted at the front and (much more obviously) a rear wing is fitted, too. Our spy photographer also papped images of the wheels, where Toyota test drivers have been trialling Michelin Cup 2 tyres, too – implying a much more track-ready machine.
While unconfirmed, it makes sense that the GRMN could have access to BMW’s S58 straight-six. The current GR Supra uses the B58 version, which is designed for smooth torque delivery and reasonable performance. The S58 series of engines, meanwhile, are deployed in a lot of BMW’s full-fat M cars, with even the lowest power output being 454bhp seen in the BMW M2, if Toyota were to use an off-the-shelf variant.
Both manual and automatic versions exist for the GR Supra, but it’s unconfirmed whether both will be available on this new GRMN; an auto means faster lap times, but a manual means more driver involvement – something Toyota has been very keen to ensure is safeguarded on its recent performance cars.
The last time the GRMN name was used was on the Yaris GRMN – a rabid hot hatch with a supercharged four-cylinder engine and a super low weight figure. Could this be a return of the hard-to-say-but-means-good-things nameplate? We’ll have to wait and see.