Toyota could be hiding a little bit of secret Supra sauce up its sleeves.
Toyota has caught lots of flack for basing the fifth-generation Supra on a BMW platform, however that hasn’t stored the automaker from reassuring prospects that the automobile continues to be, above all issues, a Supra at coronary heart. Now, to see which is the faster automobile, a YouTube video by British motoring present Carwow has put the Supra in a head-to-head drag race with its lengthy misplaced brother, the BMW Z4 M40i.
The video begins with the Supra and Z4 lining up for a race. Each automobiles carry very related underpinnings, together with BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six underneath the hood. BMW says that the European-spec Z4 M40i places 340 horsepower on-tap for the motive force to take pleasure in, whereas Toyota charges the Supra at barely much less with 335 horsepower. Each items are coupled to a ZF-manufactured eight-speed computerized transmission, are outfitted with the identical Michelin Pilot Tremendous Sport tires, and have a complete weight distinction of simply 88 kilos, with the BMW being the heavier of the 2 vehicles.
Total it looks as if it ought to be a reasonably shut race, proper?
Surprisingly, the Supra instantly pulled away from its German counterpart, finishing its quarter-mile run in simply 12 seconds flat; the BMW took half a second longer to cross the road. That being mentioned, the Supra additionally took the lead in a rolling race, flexing its fastidiously hidden muscle tissues to say the win.
It looks as if the Supra is making a bit extra energy than Toyota is main on. Actually, simply final month, one other set of YouTubers took the European-spec Toyota Supra to the dyno the place it made a decent 376 horsepower on the rear wheels. Within the drag race video above, the host means that the Supra feels prefer it makes round 380 horsepower—fairly near the dyno figures and the 382 horsepower that BMW quotes for its U.S. spec’d Z4 M40i. Maybe a extra fascinating contest of velocity could be to pit the Supra subsequent to the North American launch of the Z4.
However for now, the Supra comes out on high as the higher of the 2, or a minimum of faster in a straight line.