If someone owes you a 10-second car, it could be a new Supra.
Now that the 2020 Toyota GR Supra has started appearing in the wild, tuning companies are starting to explore the capability of the engine. We've already seen just how strong the BMW engine is, but it could still be a while before we see a 1,000-horsepower GR Supra.
In the meantime, a company called Real Street Performance has gotten their hands on one and waved their magic wand to take the stock Supra's 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine from 335 to 442 horsepower with 477 lb-ft of torque. They then took it to the drag strip and made a video as it ran the quarter-mile in the low 11-second range.
Real Street Performance got the extra 107 horsepower and the added torque from the BMW B58 engine using methanol injection, a new exhaust system, downpipe, and a remapped ECU. That's a surprisingly small list of modifications to pull out over 100 extra horsepower in a modern car's engine, leaving us to wonder if there's an opportunity here for a follow-up movie franchise called The Fast & Affordable.
The 11.4-second time is also a whole 1.1 seconds faster than we've previously seen a stock Supra run the quarter-mile. It shows that Toyota and BMW have built a platform for tuners in the spirit of the MK IV Supra preceding the reboot. Whether we will have to overnight parts from Germany or Japan though remains to be seen.
One issue the few people that have gotten a GR Supra to the dragstrip so far have suffered with is traction. Real Street Performance has counteracted that by using Toyo Proxes R888R racetrack/autocross tires. A change in the suspension could help, but 11.48-seconds at 118.33 mph is a blistering time for something that has only had the engine played with at relatively a superficial level.
Things are going to be extremely competitive now to see who can get the first 10 second time with a GR Supra, then it'll be going for the sub-10 second run. The real prize in our books, though, will go to the first 1,000-horsepower build.