The Supra stands a pretty good chance against the 718 Cayman GT4

The Toyota Supra returned in early 2019 after a 17-year absence. But unlike its predecessor, the fifth-gen Supra is no longer a pure JDM car. Now it shares most underpinnings with the BMW Z4. This is a bit upsetting for purists, but is it really an issue? This drag race between the GR Supra and the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 says it’s not, as the German-powered Japanese coupe is actually a bit quicker than the track-prepped Cayman.

The Toyota GR Supra Can Hold Its Own Against The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
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Before you look at them go, you should know that Car Magazine used the Horizon Blue Edition, the most powerful version of the Supra yet. The 3.0-liter inline-six engine cranks out a solid 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque in this model. The Cayman GT4 employs a larger, 4.0-liter flat-six mill that’s also a bit more powerful at 414 horses, but falls behind in the torque department, at 310 pound-feet, due to its naturally aspirated layout. Their curb weight is about the same at around 3,200 pounds, so it’s supposed to be a really close duel.

The Toyota GR Supra Can Hold Its Own Against The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
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And it is! The Cayman and the Supra launch equally strong and remain nose to nose for a couple of seconds before the Japanese coupe takes the lead. The Supra retains its small advantage toward the finish line and completes the quarter-mile in 12.51 seconds. The Cayman GT4 stops the clock at 12.56 seconds. That’s a really narrow win for the GR Supra and a few more runs could return different results, but it’s enough to prove a point. While it might not be a pure JDM car, the fifth-gen Supra has what it takes to give a track-bred Porsche a run for its money.

And given that the most expensive GR Supra costs $54,795 versus the $100,200 sticker of the Porsche Cayman GT4, that’s something Toyota can brag about.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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