• There’s No Way The Toyota Supra Can Beat The Lexus LC500 In a Drag Race, Right?

More power doesn’t always translate to faster on the road, or does it?

On paper, the Lexus LC500 and the Toyota Supra are two entirely different performance cars. One is a stylish and luxurious two-door grand tourer while the other is an outright performance-bred sports car that also serves as Toyota’s flagship performance car.

We’ve seen some odd pairings engage in drag races in the past — most recently, there was one between a Hennessy-tuned Chevrolet Corvette C8 and a Rolls-Royce Wraith — and this one follows along that path. Does the turbocharged Toyota have what it takes to beat the naturally aspirated V-8-powered Lexus? YouTube channel Throttle House tried to find out, and the results, well, will surprise you.

Here’s what you need to know about the Lexus LC500 and the Toyota Supra. The Lexus has a bigger engine than the Supra. The LC500’s 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine produces more power than the Supra’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the Supra is lighter — by a lot — than the LC500.

Does the Toyota Supra’s lighter weight make up for the LC500’s advantage in engine output? To give you an idea of these figures, check out the table below.

Lexus LC500 and Toyota Supra Specs
Lexus LC500 Toyota Supra 
Engine  5.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8  3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder
Horsepower 471 horses 382 horses
Torque 398 pound-feet 368 pound-feet
0-60 mph 4.4 s 3.9 s 
Top Speed 168 mph 155 mph
Curb Weight 4,280 pounds 3,400 pounds

The figures paint an interesting picture, none more interesting than the 0-to-60-mph times of the LC500 and the Supra.

Despite carrying the bigger engine with the higher power output, the LC500 is 0.5 seconds slower to 60 mph than the Toyota Supra.

The Supra’s turbocharged inline-six engine also counts as an advantage over the LC500’s n/a V-8. Most importantly, the LC500 is heavier by almost 900 pounds compared to the Supra.

There's No Way The Toyota Supra Can Beat The Lexus LC500 In a Drag Race, Right?
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Once more, does the Lexus’ power advantage enough to beat the Supra in a sprint, or does its heavier load make it more difficult to reach the appropriate speed to stay ahead of the Toyota sports car?

We’re not going to divulge the results of the race, but we will say that the Throttle House presenters did three runs with both cars. All three races had a clear winner, though it might not be the one you expected to win.

Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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