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Eight Supercars and Sports Cars Slower Than a 2020 Toyota Supra

Eight Supercars and Sports Cars Slower Than a 2020 Toyota Supra

It seems that Toyota’s numbers for the new Supra are … let’s say, conservative. Toyota claims the Supra’s BMW-sourced force-fed inline-six makes 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque at the crank, but we took it to a dyno for more testing. It put down 332 hp and 387 lb-ft at the wheels, which, factoring in an approximate 15 percent drivetrain loss, suggests the engine is generating a lot more grunt than Toyota tells us.

In terms of performance, Toyota’s numbers have the Supra hitting 60 mph from a stop in just 4.1 seconds, which is mighty quick. (Quick, not fast. Fast describes top speed; quick relates to acceleration.) Ah, but just like the power and torque figures, our own testing saw the Supra overperforming. The car completed the 0-60 run in 3.9 seconds. That makes the Supra not only the quickest Toyota product since the mighty Lexus LFA, it’s actually quicker than many legitimate supercars and high-end sports cars.

2014 Audi R8 4.2 Spyder – 4.0 seconds

When we first drove Audi’s R8 supercar, one of our few complaints was its clunky automated manual transmission. At launch, the choice of a gated six-speed manual was something of a no-brainer, but Audi made the decision a lot harder with the introduction of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for the 2013 model year.

The dual-clutch made the mid-engine R8 not only easier to drive around town, but quicker on the test track. Even so, just six years after we recorded a 4.0-second 0-60 run in a 2014 R8, the plucky little Supra just edges it out.

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 – 4.0 seconds

There’s something special about a V-12 Lamborghini, isn’t there? Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murcielago, Aventador—they’re provocative, exciting, dramatic pieces of machinery that have a way of demanding one’s attention.

The Murcielago’s beast of a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 developed 631 horsepower and sent it to all four wheels. It had a recipe for rapid acceleration and completed the 0-60 sprint in just 4.0 seconds—still a tenth behind the Supra.

2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe – 4.0 seconds

There isn’t a single car on sale today with an engine larger than the 2006 Viper’s 8.3-liter 500-hp V-10. In a 2006 road test, we said the big V-10 “still sounds like the devil spitting gasoline out the sidepipes, and it’ll turn a pair of expensive, foot-wide rear tires into a smoldering pile of rubber residue with no more effort than it takes to fall out of a boat and hit water.”

This particular V-10 snake’s 4.0-second 0-60 time was a little slower than expected. Still, it’s a little shocking that a six-cylinder Toyota (er, BMW?) is quicker than the all-American, all-engine Viper.

2013 Aston Martin DB9 – 4.1 seconds

I don’t think it would be controversial to say Aston Martin builds gorgeous cars. It’s almost easy, then, to forget that its cars are often powered by fabulous powerplants—a 5.9-liter V-12 in the case of 2013’s DB9. That engine makes 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque in the DB9, helping it scoot to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

The biggest complaint in our First Test was about the DB9’s sluggish six-speed automatic transmission. An eight-speed auto handles gear-changing duties in the new Supra; perhaps its quicker upshifts have something to do with the Supra’s superior acceleration numbers.

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT – 4.1 seconds

Before Jaguar was crossing the 200-mph barrier in the F-Type SVR, it was more focused on carving up racetracks in the most focused version of the two-door XK, the XKR-S GT. The GT didn’t make any more power than the more pedestrian XKR-S, but its massive rear wing, capable carbon-ceramic brakes, and myriad chassis improvements made it quite at home on a track.

But let’s not forget, it was still a beast in a straight line. The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 put out 542 hp and propelled the big cat to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Apparently there is a replacement for displacement, given that the 3.0-liter Supra finished the task two tenths quicker.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – 4.1 seconds

The track-focused Jag narrowly defeated the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S in a 2014 comparison test, but that’s not to say the Aston doesn’t have its strong points. After all, it was designed by Ian Callum and is powered by a free-breathing 565-hp V-12 that sings to the heavens.

Despite the rock-star good looks and a voice for the ages, the V12 Vantage didn’t hit 60 mph any quicker than the XKR-S GT. The Supra may not sound as good as either of these Brits, but at least in a straight line, it’s a stronger performer.

2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

You know how the Ferrari 488 Pista is the hardcore race-inspired version of the already superlative 488 GTB? And how the 458 Speciale was a lighter, meaner, sharper permutation of the timeless 458 Italia? That’s what the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale was to the 360 Modena, and in 2004, we called it emotional, exciting, and a high point for race technology on the street.

The 360 Challenge Stradale was powered by a 425-horsepower 8,500-rpm flat-plane V-8, and it was a staggering 242 pounds lighter than a standard 360 Modena. With the help of Ferrari’s F1 electrohydraulic six-speed transmission, the Challenge Stradale hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Supra is almost half a second quicker.

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport

It might be one of the last cars left with a non-turbo Italian V-8, but the aging Maserati GranTursimo is falling behind, especially if we’re talking acceleration numbers. Its 454 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque are respectable numbers, sure, but among today’s crop of sports cars and supercars, the Maserati fails to impress.

Its 4.6-second 0-60 time is 0.7 second behind the new Supra. The Maserati may look and feel more exotic than Toyota’s collaboration with BMW, but pointed straight on a track, the Supra would deliver a spanking.

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