also, better for engine swaps
The New Toyota Supra Has Another Surprise for Us
Back in January, Toyota revealed the new Supra at the North American International Auto Show. The initial plan had Americans exclusively receiving the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six version, with a base-model four-cylinder version would also bound for Japan. Now, it appears Toyota may have plans to bring the base-model turbo-four Supra to the US, as well.
On Monday, Automobile Magazine revealed it had uncovered California Air Resources Board certification documentation for BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. The list included the array of BMW models that use that engine…and one Toyota: the new Supra. (The new Supra and Z4 were co-developed by BMW and Toyota as a cost-saving measure.)
In Japan,Toyota sells two different tunes of the four-cylinder Supra: a 194-hp, 236-lb-ft base version (which shares an engine with the Z4 sDrive 20i) and a 255-hp, 295-lb-ft version (shared with the Z4 sDrive 30i). A 194-hp Supra would make little sense, as it would overlap with the extant Toyota 86; expect the 255-hp version here.
Why is this important? Affordability. A four-cylinder Supra would presumably cost less than the six-cylinder, which starts north of $50,000. That would open the car to a range of buyers who might opt for a Subaru WRX STI or a Ford Mustang EcoBoost. The 2.0-liter should also, in theory, be more fuel-efficient than the 3.0-liter, though the six-cylinder Supra scored impressively in EPA testing with a 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway rating. (Also, the cheaper four-cylinder would make it a better candidate for anyone planning an engine swap; every dollar not spent on the existing powertrain is another dollar to spend on that 2JZ.)
Hoping for a manual? Keep on hoping, for now. The document lists an eight-speed automatic transmission as the only option for the 2.0-liter Supra. However, BMW has been known to pair that engine with a stick on some models, so it’s conceivable a manual Supra could materialize if there’s enough demand for it.