2020 Toyota Supra With $800 ECU Tune Takes On Equally-Powered But A Lot Cheaper Ford Mustang GT

A drag race between a Toyota Supra and a Ford Mustang sounds very interesting indeed, but there’s a sizeable difference in horsepower when both are in stock form as the former has 335hp and the latter, 443hp. On the other hand, the Supra starts from £54,000 in the UK, while the Mustang GT, from significantly less at £43,045.

That said, it would make a whole lot more sense if one was to drag race the two, to level the playing field by throwing some engine-tuning money on the Mustang GT instead of the Supra, but for some reason, CarWow went the other way around.

The British journalists brought a Toyota Supra fitted with a Stage 1 tune from Litchfield Motors and pitted it against a bone-stock Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Related: TRD Bringing Beastly GR Supra 3000GT Concept To SEMA Show

Litchfield’s Stage 1 remap, priced at £600 ($771 at current exchange rates), lifts the output of the Toyota’s Bavarian-sourced turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six to 440 HP and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque and adjusts the setup of the driving modes as well.

The Mustang is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, which in Euro-spec produces 443 HP and 390 lb-ft (529Nm) of torque. When fitted with the automatic gearbox, it is capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 4.3 seconds.

As of many independent dyno runs have proven, the new Supra actually packs more heat than advertised, so a simple remapping of the ECU should easily unleash even more power. Take into consideration the fact that the Mustang’s heavier than the Toyota, and it’s no wonder that the Supra dominates the show.

On the other hand, the Mustang is cheaper to buy by a significant margin and sounds better than the Supra, offering more value for your money.


  • Mr. EP9

    So the Supra needs an ECU remap from a tuning shop just to beat a bone stock Mustang that’s cheaper? Pathetic. At least BMW made a great handling car.

    • FlameWater

      Put the same 2 cars on a race track and you will see how useless the extra horsepower really is

      • Mr. EP9

        I’m well aware the Supra is a better handling car, I even referenced it with the “At least BMW made a great handling car” comment. The thing is though, for a car with such superb handling, why need an aftermarket tune to be a stock Mustang? For what Toyota is asking, they should have been able to win without any help.

  • Six_Tymes

    that supra is so ugly it makes me sad

  • ErnieB

    If I had $55k to spend and I was offered the Supra and the similarly priced mustang gt350.. I’d go with the obvious choice.

  • Once again bmw wins 🙂

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