Whenever a publication gets ahold of the new Toyota Supra, the natural inclination is to go drag racing, and Car Magazine SA from South Africa follows the trend by challenging the Japanese sports coupe against the BMW Z4 and Ford Mustang GT.
It's worth noting that the Z4 in this video makes 335 bhp, versus the 382 bhp and 254 bhp tunes available in other markets. The Mustang is also down on power from by making 444 bhp in South Africa. All three of the vehicles in this test use automatic transmissions – eight-speed units for the BMW and Toyota, versus a ten-speed for the Ford.
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Car Magazine SA tests this trio out to 400 metres or nearly a quarter-mile and 800 metres or about a half-mile. It also records the acceleration figures along the way.
In the first split second of the race, the Z4 appears to leap ahead of the pack, but that doesn't last for long because the Supra surges forward. Despite having a distinct power advantage, the Mustang struggles to keep up.
Without spoiling the results, this race once again suggests that Toyota underrates the new Supra's output. A previous dyno test shows the model making 339 bhp at the wheels, and a European test indicates the figure is 376.6 bhp going to the ground. Drag race videos suggest that the Toyota is nearly as quick as a BMW M2 Competition and can easily beat a Z4.