We’ve been covering the Toyota Supra since it was just a rumor, and while the transition from concept to reality seemed to take an eternity, it’s clear the wait has been worth it. When the first journalists got a hold of it, the initial drive impressions were fantastic, and now we’ve learned that in typical Toyota overachieving fashion, it’s even better than advertised.
Because while the company said the next-generation of the legendary sports coupe is packing a respectable 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, two new independent tests have confirmed it’s packing more than that. The first tests came from the folks over at Car and Driver, who after strapping it to a dyno, found the 3.0-liter, BMW-sourced engine delivered 339 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque. Not to be outdone by the competition, Motor Trend just did the same test, where the Supra scored 332 horsepower and 387 lb-ft of torque.
Now, eagle-eyed readers will likely to have noticed that those figures aren’t identical — because dyno testing isn’t an exact science. It’s actually common for identical cars to deliver slightly different numbers, even back to back on the same machine, as even in something mass-produced with Toyota-levels of precision will have tiny differences that can impact the outcome. To be fair, Car and Driver did have some theories why the torque figure was so significantly higher, including the fact that they ran the test in fifth gear, not the highest ratio.
But the takeaway from these two tests is that the Supra is making more power than it was rated at, because after traveling through the drivetrain, power should be down somewhere between 15 to 20 percent — not up. We’re curious as to how many other tests like this we see in the coming months, since after seeing these results, we know loads of car reviewers will be chomping at the bit to perform their own.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we’re positive the new Supra is going to be a massive hit when it arrives at your local AutoNation Toyota dealer. So if you want to get your hands on an example to tackle your favorite set of twisty roads with? We’d recommend paying them a visit pronto.