Dyno testing has revealed that the new 2020 Toyota Supra is packing way more than 335 horsepower.
Way back in the late ‘90s, Nissan was advertising the Skyline GT-R as having 279 horsepower. This was done due to a gentleman’s agreement in the Japanese carmaking industry to limit the horsepower of vehicles in a bid to increase highway safety. The actual power of the Skyline was 327 hp, almost 15% higher. This helped to explain why the car felt far more powerful than Nissan said it was.
Car and Driver noticed a similar pattern in the new 2020 Toyota Supra. Toyota said that the Supra should shoot from zero to sixty in 4.1 seconds, but Car and Driver found that it could actually do it in 3.8 seconds. And it felt significantly more powerful than Toyota’s advertised power figures of 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque.
To find out, the publication took their tester Supra to Livernois Motorsports and Engineering in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. With an all-wheel-drive dynamometer at the ready, they placed the Supra on top and got all four wheels spinning. The results were very much like what happened with the Nissan Skyline when someone finally got the car tested.
Peak power at the wheels was measured as 339 horsepower. Peak torque 427 lb-ft. That’s more power and torque at the wheels than Toyota says the Supra has at the crank.
Since transmissions tend to suck out around 10% of a car’s power, the crank figures are probably closer to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The horsepower figure puts it on par with the Dodge Challenger R/T and even beats similar sports cars like the EcoBoost Ford Mustang and Nissan 370Z. That torque is far and away higher than anything in its class, however.
Until someone actually takes the engine out and tests it separately we’ll never know for sure, but one thing is certain: the Supra makes way more power than Toyota says it does.
(Source: Car and Driver)