America Drag Races Japan: Chevy Camaro Vs. Toyota Supra

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Someone ain't gonna be happy at the end of this.

Who doesn't love a good drag race? More to the point, who doesn't love a good ol' import vs. domestic drag race? Entire high school lunch periods have been lost debating that most important of questions through the ages. The video below attempts to settle it, at least as far as one import and one domestic car are concerned.

Both the Toyota Supra and the Chevrolet Camaro SS are RWD, front-engine coupes with automatic transmissions. More to the point, they're also similarly priced and similar in curb weight. As far as drag races go, this should've been a pretty close one. Only it wasn't.

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Sam CarLegion/YouTube
Sam CarLegion/YouTube
Sam CarLegion/YouTube

We'll spare you if you're in a rush. The Supra won four races on the trot, absolutely demolishing the Cramro. So, let's break that down. First, Sam says he can't get traction on the first dig race. Fair. The Camaro has 455 lb-ft of torque and even with the T/C on you're more a passenger than anything in the Camaro. BMW's got better launch control programming, or at a bare minimum, shift logic that allows the Supra to better manage its power and launch. We're betting the story might be different with the more fun (but likely slower) stick Supra.

Of course, there's also weight to consider. It won't help the Supra on the launch, but we can see the lighter (by 281 lbs!) Supra really begins to pull on the Camaro LT1 by the end of the straight. Less weight is almost always going to be worth more than a slight power advantage.

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Finally, that leaves us with tires. Here, we can only extrapolate. Both cars appear to be running a street tire, which would make both a Michelin PS4 summer tire if the cars are still stock. Given (seemingly) chilly weather and track temps, we'd bet the Camaro might have been able to hook up better had it been given the chance to warm up its tires.

We could also talk transmissions, gear ratios, and any number of other factors, but they'll all lead to the same result: the Supra is just plain faster. Almost 300 lbs is an awful lot to leave lying around, and the Supra took advantage. Call it a BMW all you want, at least it can out-drag a muscle car king.

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