Recent testing has revealed that Toyota might be low-balling their numbers on the 2020 Supra.
Earlier this year, we finally got to see the reborn Toyota Supra in the flesh. We learned that it was mostly a Z4 masquerading as a Supra, but do we care all that much? Nah, not really. It’s the Supra name that matters most, and it’s back and everything is right in the world.
Toyota said that the new Supra would come equipped with a 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine with 335 horsepower. Zero to sixty, we were told, would take 4.1 seconds with a limited top speed of 155 mph. Those were fine numbers, although we were a little upset with the mention of a limiter.
However, new testing from Car and Driver reveals that Toyota might have been overestimating those numbers. According to the final test numbers, the Supra can actually hit zero to sixty in just 3.8 seconds and run a quarter-mile drag race in 12.3 at 113 mph.
Car and Driver did say that they didn’t use the Supra’s launch-control program in order to achieve this feat, calling it "inconsistent in its engagement.” Instead, an experienced driver used manual torque braking to achieve that 3.8-second acceleration time.
Those are great numbers for a car that starts at $50,000 and compares favorably to the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche Cayman GTS, and Mustang GT350. It even outperforms the Chevy Camaro SS 1LE despite having roughly the same power-to-weight ratio.
In fact, the publication suspects that the Supra’s 3.0-L engine might make more than the 335 horsepower that Toyota says it does.
Things are also great on the skidpad, where the Supra managed to pull an average 1.07g, beating out both the Cayman GTS and BMW M2. Braking was unexceptional, taking 148 feet to go from 70 to a standstill, but the rest of the car is top notch.