All the hate revolving around the new Toyota Supra will dissolve quickly. First step involves more power than advertised. Toyota knows what it’s doing.
We’ve partaken on and off in relation to throwing both negative and positive comments in the new 5th generation Toyota Supra direction. It’s very difficult not to have an opinion on the car – most of us were and are still influenced in some way, shape or form by the Fast And Furious.
First drive reviews are now flooding the interwebs and most agree that the car is good. One such outlet is Car&Driver and they were quite impressed with the Supra. So impressed were they that they discovered something we all wanted to hear and read about.
In their recent evaluation, they found that the Supra could complete the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in only 3.8 seconds and reach the ¼ mile in 12.3 seconds at 113 mph. On paper, the 2020 Toyota Supra should not be this quick, if mostly because its specifications should not enable it to outrun the likes of the more powerful BMW M2 Competition.
And so, Car&Driver took a Toyota Supra to Livernois Motorsports and Engineering in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, strapped in to the dyno, and discovered something wonderful. As advertised, the Supra’s boosted 3.0-litre straight-6 should develop 335-horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque at the crank. The dyno result indicates that the BMW engine actually delivers 339-horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque to the wheels!
This clearly explains why the 2020 Toyota Supra is so quick but it’s also got us thinking that Toyota knows exactly what it got itself into when they signed on with BMW to cultivate the new Supra. More power than divulged could be only the first surprise. Toyota has “prepared” the car for tuners with fake-functional bits and more. They will certainly make use of these provisions and odds are that a manual gearbox will come as will a 4-cylinder option.
We think Toyota’s prepared itself to face the worse at first only to then deliver all the goodies that will shut us up. Inadvertently, our negative and hateful approach to the Supra will have created a buzz on which Toyota will thrive. We think congratulations are in order.