The whole “American muscle” versus “Japanese tuner” rivalry isn’t as prominent as it once was, but the tension is still there for sure. So when the two go head to head it usually results in a pretty epic showdown, which is exactly what we have here – a 1,600 HP twin turbo LS-swapped Chevrolet Silverado versus a 1,500 HP “big turbo” Toyota MkIV Supra.
While we love our LS V8 engines, we know better than to overlook the force that is the 2JZ inline-six engine, especially when fitted with a massive turbo. The 100 horsepower difference between the two isn’t very significant, as its the difference in torque that seems to be the decider. The Supra’s slow off-the-line speeds allow the Silverado to win both races.
While the Silverado finishes with a lower quarter-mile time of 8.844 versus the Supra’s 9.128, the Supra crosses the line at about 3 miles per hour faster than the truck. Perhaps on a longer run the Supra would pull through, as some say that the 1/2 mile is when the 2JZ Supra truly shines. But it goes to show, one doesn’t need a Corvette or Camaro to subdue a legendary Japanese sports car. A once-humble Chevy work truck will do just fine.
Regardless, this intense bout between the American-built Silverado and Japanese-built Supra is one worth watching, so enjoy.