This is the JDM match-up of our dreams.
While the Supra and GT-R names are alive and well in 2021, the truth is that the previous generations of both cars are and always will be the ones that enthusiasts love more. With its 2JZ-GTE 3.0-liter straight-six, the Supra is a tuner's delight, and although the R34's RB26-DETT 2.6-liter straight-six is slightly more finicky to work with, it too is capable of insane power. While fans of each car and each engine will always argue over which is better and why, there's only one real way to prove which is the better overall package, and that's in the gauntlet of motorsport.
In the Supra (ironically painted an R34 Skyline GT-R color called Bayside Blue), we have a fully built 2J with an enormous Precision 6870 GEN2 turbo. A CNC-ported head improves flow while 1,300-cc injectors are supplied by twin Walbro fuel pumps. Upgraded billet cams and a Syvecs ECU are fitted too, while Toyo R888 semi-slick tires put the 900 horsepower output to the floor.
In the Skyline GT-R, the RB26 has been stroked to 2.8 liters with an HKS kit while the twin turbos have here been replaced by a GReddy T78 turbo. HKS management and a v-cam (or sequential variable intake valve timing system) help this car develop 800 hp.
The Supra's weight of 3,627 pounds gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 545hp/ton, while the Skyline's lower weight of 3,439 lbs equates to only 512 hp/ton. But with the Supra sending power to the rear exclusively, will the Skyline be able to take advantage of its lower weight and improved traction?
The Supra being driven by Karl achieves a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds while Affi's GT-R does the same sprint in just 3.3 seconds. On the quarter-mile, the Supra again loses out with a time of 12.18 seconds at 128 mph while the Skyline does it in 11.28 seconds at 127 mph. Lining up against each other, the Skyline will always win from a dig, but in a roll race, the Supra finally shows up to the party and narrowly misses out on a victory. On a longer stretch, the Supra would likely overtake the Skyline, but it just goes to show that power is nothing without control. Now, can we finally stop comparing these two legends and just enjoy them both?