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Drag Race: Can The Mustang GT Convertible Take On The GR Supra?

The Toyota GR Supra is a Capable car, but can It stand up to a V-8 Mustang GT automatic?

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The Toyota GR Supra is one of the most controversial vehicles of our time because of what it’s based on. Regardless of the platform it’s based on, one thing was made clear: the GR Supra is a very capable performance car. With a BMW-derived (but Toyota-improved) 3.0-liter, turbocharged, inline-six that makes 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet (499 Nm) and a quick-shifting, ZF eight-speed automatic, it manages a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.9 seconds. However, a Mustang GT with a 10-speed auto steps up to challenge the GR Supra.

Drag Race: Can The Mustang GT Convertible Take On The GR Supra?
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The Mustang GT is more car than the Supra, as in it’s bigger in every measurable way. In fact, the GR Supra is quite compact in comparison. The Mustang measures 188.5 inches (4,788 mm) in length, while the GR Supra measures 172.44 inches (4,380 mm). The Mustang is also 75.39 inches (1,915 mm) wide and 54.29 inches (1,379 mm) tall, while the GR Supra is 73.03 inches (1,855 mm) wide and 50.98 inches (1,295 mm) tall.

Ford Mustang GT Toyota GR Supra
Length 188.5 inches 172.44 inches
Width 75.39 inches 73.03 inches
Height 54.29 inches 50.98 inches
Drag Race: Can The Mustang GT Convertible Take On The GR Supra?
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That said, the ZF 8-speed is something else
It’s as quick as it can be for a non-DCT unit, thus allowing the Supra to win almost every time
Performance-wise, the Ford Mustang GT outguns the GR Supra. Its 5.0-liter normally-aspirated, Coyote V-8 pumps out 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet (569 Nm) – significantly more than the GR Supra.

However, the Mustang is also much heavier, especially in convertible form and with the 10-speed automatic, which is what we have here. The Pony car tips the scales at 4,550 pounds (2,064 kg), which is a lot. Meanwhile, the GR Supra has a curb weight of 3,400 pounds (1,542 kg) – a good amount less.

Drag Race: Can The Mustang GT Convertible Take On The GR Supra?
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GR Supra wins 4 out of 5 races
On one of the rolling races, the Mustang barely manages to score a win against the much lighter Supra

The cars line up for a series of drag races and, immediately, the GR Supra’s better power-to-weight ratio becomes obvious, as it smokes the Mustang in both normal and sport mode with the traction control off. At the latter part of the race, the Mustang’s power and torque advantage begins to count for something, but it’s already too late.

A 50 km/h (31 mph) rolling start does help the Mustang keep up with the Supra and even manages to beat the GR Supra, although barely. In the second rolling race, however, the GR Supra kicks down with savagery, impossible for the Mustang to match, and takes a convincing win. Despite the 5.0-liter V-8 with almost 80 horsepower and 52 pound-feet (70 Nm) more, the Mustang is just too heavy and that soft convertible top just isn’t as slippery as the hardtop.

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That said, this was a 1/4-mile drag race
And, here, how well you put the power down is more important than how much you have

That said, either of these cars would make our day, although I would personally go with a hardtop body style for the Mustang GT. "Feeling the wind in the hair" is for those who actually have hair and I don’t. Regardless, feel free to watch the video below, to see how both cars stack up against each other.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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