How Fast Can Shmee Go On The Autobahn in His 2020 Toyota Supra?
It’s better than Toyota says....by Robert Moore, on LISTEN 03:11
The 2020 Toyota Supra’s performance is undisputed. The U.S. Spec model pumps out a claimed 335 Horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque from a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter, inline-six. It’s also said to hit 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds and tops out at a very German-like 155 mph. The fact that it’s a performer is largely undisputed, but how well it performs does full under some positive scrutiny. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Car & Driver tested the Supra and found it to deliver some 339 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque at the wheels, 4 ponies and 62 pound-feet more than its official rating. When you do some math, that also points out that the Supra could make as much as 420 horsepower and 530 pound-feet at the crank – that’s some serious power. Two weeks later Motor Trend did a similar test and, while it didn’t put out numbers so high, it still hit 332 horsepower and 387 pound-feet at the wheels, figures that are still higher than Toyota’s published numbers.
The results are a mixed bag of confusion, but it’s easy to conclude that Toyota sandbagged on the performance figures a bit. Now, we get a real-world look at just how well the A90 Supra performs. Well, kind of a real-world look, if you live in Germany, and hit the Autobahn, anyway. YouTube sensation Shmee, also known as Tim Burton in the analog world, took his new Toyota Supra to the Autobahn for a real performance test. He, of course, honored the run-in and break-in period, so it was time to see just what the Supra could do. Unfortunately, Shmee didn’t take the time for some 0-60 mph testing, as this was a Top Speed test, but as it turns out, the Supra can break its rated 155 mph top speed without breaking a sweat.
With a VMAX installed, Burton hit the Autobahn, and, before you know it, he manages to hit 263 kph or about 163 mph according to the car’s digital speedometer. Of course, we know those aren’t 100-percent accurate, and the real top speed – according to his GPS-enabled VMAX – was 259 kph or 161 mph, 6 mph more than the Supra’s supposed top speed. Of course, keep in mind, the car still had more pull – this is where the electronic speedometer kicked in.
The really interesting thing is that this is, essentially, a base Toyota Supra if you exclude the four-banger model available over in the grand land of Japan. Toyota has made it clear that the Supra will be updated on a yearly basis, and more powerful and faster models are likely to trickle into our lives in the near future. How far can the Supra really go before Toyota maxes out on the performance available from that BMW inline-six? Only time will tell. For now, Spend some time with Shmee as he conquers the Autobahn in a 2020 Toyota Supra.
2020 Toyota Supra Top Speed Run on the Autobahn with Shmee
|Engine||3-liter, twin-scroll, turbocharged|
|Power output||335 hp|
|0-60 mph||4.1 s|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|Curb weight||3,397 lb|
Read our full driven review on the 2020 Toyota Supra.
Read our review of the 2020 Toyota Supra