Whenever a Toyota Supra lines up at the start line, enthusiasts gather around, as they know all hell is probably about to break loose.
The Japanese sports car has an immense tuning potential, as proved once again by this fourth-gen model that had its 2JZ 3.0-liter inline-six engine modified to deliver a phenomenal 990 PS (976 hp / 728 kW).
Now, that would normally be enough to help it beat even the most coveted supercars on sale today, regardless of make and model. So, an old Volkswagen Golf Mk5 couldn’t possibly raise any problems, could it?
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Well, this Golf is an R32. When it broke cover more than a decade ago, its 3.2-liter VR6 engine produced 250 PS (246 hp / 184 kW). But this one has been heavily tuned by DPA Performance to deliver 980 PS (966 hp / 721 kW). That makes the outcome of this race rather difficult to predict.
Those two tuned examples apart, it’s worth noting that both the Supra and the Golf are making a comeback next year, with all-new iterations.
The Supra has been developed alongside the new BMW Z4, and will premiere on January 14 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
As for the eighth generation Golf, it’s expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2019, with a slightly longer wheelbase, semi-autonomous driving and mild-hybrid powertrains. The range-topping Golf R will probably debut in 2020 or 2021.
Now, back to that drag race: Who do you think came out on top, the iconic ’90s Japanese supercar or the much more humble Golf?