The new 2020 Toyota Supra takes on a Mustang GT to prove which sports car is the fastest.
So far, the stock 2020 Supra is quite the mean machine. Although Toyota says it comes with 335 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque, dyno tests have revealed that to be a significantly smaller set of numbers than what it actually puts down. Various publications have seen the Supra produce upwards of 375 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque while also accelerating from zero to sixty in less than 4 seconds.
It’s also become a popular choice for tuners. Since the engine itself is known to be capable of making far more power than Toyota advertises, it doesn’t take much to turn the Supra into a monster. This particular model has been tuned by UK-based tuner Litchfield to produce 440 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque with a mere ECU upgrade.
One tweak, 100 more hp. Not a bad investment.
Meanwhile, the Mustang GT is a big 5.0-L V8 with four wheels attached. Ford makes no mistake with rating their sports car with 450 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, which might sound like it’s this Supra’s equal, but it also weighs a good 400 lbs more than the Supra.
The difference of a sumo wrestler as a passenger is usually enough to determine the winner, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen the actual race.
It should be noted that this Mustang is the 10-speed automatic version which for some reason does not include launch control. Meanwhile, the Supra does have launch control, but the ECU tweaks apparently didn’t also include adjustments to the launch control system, which causes it to spin its tires wildly right off the line. Bizarrely, the Supra performs better without launch control than with.
As you can see the Supra is by far the faster ride, finishing in 12.1 seconds compared to the Mustang’s 12.7 seconds (note that this is a runway and not a prepared drag strip, in case you were wondering why the Mustang’s quarter-mile time is a little lackluster).
Things don’t change much for the rolling race, but check out the video above anyway if you have any doubts.