The 2019 Toyota Supra gets another engine option.
A recent report by Road & Track confirms that the 2019 Toyota Supra will get a four-cylinder turbo engine, as well as a straight six option. The Supra’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, said that it is indeed happening. More than that, a document from German transmission giant ZF also corroborated the news of a four-pot engine in the new A90 generation.
Specifically, the ZF document showed that the 2019 Toyota Supra will use a BMW B48B20 engine. The engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit that kicks out 262 horsepower. As with the straight six, that engine will send power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The larger, 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six remains as the top-spec option. Earlier in June, we shared news from the SupraMkV forums, pointing to a report in Japan’s Best Car magazine stating the six-cylinder Supra will churn out 335 horsepower. Other recent rumors suggest the Supra could have up to 390 lb-ft of torque, as well as a curb weight just over 3,300 pounds.
What about Toyota’s other rear-wheel drive coupe?
Of course, offering a four-cylinder unit in the new Supra calls into question the fate of the Toyota 86. It’s a slightly different animal, since that car uses a Subaru Boxer engine instead of a BMW-sourced inline-four or inline-six. However, it’s still a rear-wheel drive coupe with sports car pretensions, so will there be enough space in the range for both cars? We think so, as the Toyota Supra will be much more expensive than the 86. It’s slated to go up against cars like the Porsche 718 Cayman and the Jaguar F-Type. The Toyota 86, on the other hand, is more in the Nissan 370Z’s league. However, the four-cylinder Supra may sap sales from a car that wasn’t a huge seller in the first place.
We’ll see what happens moving forward. The latest “teaser” for the 2019 Toyota Supra came from the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We should see the actual production version later this year – likely at the Paris Auto Show. By then, we’ll have more information about the 2019 Toyota Supra’s powertrains, availability and pricing.