Thus far, we’ve known Toyota plans to drop a BMW-sourced inline-6 under the hood of the new Supra. However, you should now prepare for a 4-banger as well.
The first is a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 making 335 horsepower—the engine we’ve assumed for some time. The second is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, specifically, BMW’s B48B20 mill. According to the document, expect 262 hp from the smaller unit.
Both engines will feature a ZF eight-speed automatic identical to the transmission paired with numerous BMWs that also feature the inline-4 and inline-6 engines mentioned in the document. Aside from the transmission and powertrain intel, the documents also confirm the next-generation BMW Z4 (shown above) and new Supra will share a platform, though Toyota will call its version of the platform the J29, and BMW the G29. From the documents, it also appears a manual transmission is not in the cards.
Although a four-cylinder Supra may sound sacrilegious to diehards, there’s a silver lining. also reported the four-cylinder model will be the ideal candidate for inevitable 2JZ swaps; the 2JZ is Toyota’s famed inline-6 engine found in the previous-gen Supra. The car’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada not only confirmed a four-cylinder Supra at the Goodwood Festival of Speed but encouraged future Supra owners planning on 2JZ swaps to “please buy the four-cylinder. It will be cheaper.” The inline-4-powered car will also feature better weight distribution and a sharper turn in, per Tada.
Goodwood played host to the new Supra’s dynamic debut where we also saw the car tackle the famed hill climb with Tada behind the wheel. A proper debut, after numerous teasers, is expected at the 2019 Detroit auto show next January.