Toyota Will Bolster Supra Engine Lineup With a Four-Banger
Smaller engine should make for a more nimble driving experience as wellby Jonathan Lopez, on
Toyota finally revealed the hotly anticipated next-generation Supra over the weekend at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and although it was nice to see the thing in the metal and on the move, Toyota remained tight-lipped as far as technical details were concerned. Now, we’re getting a few new tasty tidbits on the revamped Japanese classic.
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Road & Track managed to uncover a “transmission catalogue” from ZF that lists the various engines paired to the company’s latest eight-speed automatic.
We’ve been chomping at the bit to get the lowdown on the new fifth-generation A90 Toyota Supra, and after months of teasers and a surprisingly lukewarm world debut, it looks like we’re finally putting together a decent spec list for this thing.
The latest info comes courtesy of our friends over at Road & Track, who now reports that the base model Supra will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant.
The publication managed to uncover a “transmission catalog” from ZF that lists the various engines paired to the company’s latest eight-speed automatic, the same gearbox used in the new Supra.
It’s called the ZF 8HP, and according to the internal document, buyers will get the option to equip the new Supra with BMW’s B48B20 powerplant, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making upwards of 262 horsepower.
The new Supra will get BMW’s B48B20 powerplant, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making upwards of 262 horsepower.
Backing the big reveal is Testsuya Tada, chief engineer for the fifth-gen Supra, who confirmed to Road & Track this weekend that a four-cylinder will definitely make the list of engine offerings. Tada also added that the four-cylinder Supra will be lighter, and with less weight over the nose, it should offer improved handling compared to six-cylinder models. What’s more, Tada offered a bit of advice for those enthusiasts looking to swap in Toyota’s vaunted 2JZ powerplant, saying “please buy the four-cylinder. It will be cheaper.”
Previously, it was revealed that the fifth-gen Supra would come with an inline six-cylinder producing well over 300 ponies, and the document backs this assertion as well, listing BMW’s B58B30 turbocharged inline six-cylinder as the more potent option of the two. Peak output from the ‘six will come to 335 horsepower.
Finally, upon inspection at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, Road & Track says the Supra’s brake package looks as though it was plucked straight from the BMW 5 Series. Inside, BMW is expected to provide many of the same cabin components as well.
In addition to details on the new Supra, the transmission document also reveals details on the upcoming BMW Z4.
In addition to details on the new Supra, the transmission document also reveals details on the upcoming BMW Z4, which will share the same platform and engine package as the Supra. However, the Z4 will apparently offer higher output from its turbo six-cylinder, producing as much as 375 ponies.
Look for the new Supra to make a full reveal early next year - specs and all.
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Source: Road & Track