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Alex Rae | Jul, 23 2018 | 0 Comments

Toyota will introduce its first four-cylinder Supra since four-generations of six-cylinder power.

As reported by Drive last week, the Supra is already confirmed to arrive with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine producing over 250kW of power and around 450Nm of torque in a roughly 1500kg package with a wheelbase shorter than the Toyota 86.

But unlike previous models, its new straight-six and four-cylinder engines will be built by BMW and both engines will be mated to the same automatic transmissions used by the Bavarian auto maker.

Confirming the upcoming power units for the hotly anticipated fifth-generation coupe is a pre-production parts catalogue produced by German automatic transmission maker ZF, that lists the upcoming Supra and its driveline configurations.

The transmission specialist produces automatic transmissions for BMW already, making the use of its 8H eight-speed automatic a given for the reborn Toyota.

The document lists the J29 Supra model that will specifically use the ZF-8HP51HIS eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a BMW 2.0-litre four-cylinder B48B20 turbo that produces around 195kW. It also lists the already-revealed in-line six-cylinder B58B30 BMW engine.

The catalogue further details the Supra’s dizygotic twin, the BMW Z4, which will feature the same drivetrain line-up but an even hotter version of the straight six producing 280kW in what is likely the Z4 M40i variant. That might lead to a more powerful version of the Supra later on in its life.

But the four-cylinder should not be scoffed at by Supra purists infatuated with the previous-generation 2JZ-powered Supra, according to Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

The engineer confirmed last week to US publication Road & Track that the smaller capacity model was coming but says more than just being a more affordable model, the four-pot will exhibit sharper handling traits with a “much better weight distribution".

All will be revealed later this year when the maker launches its production version of the Supra in late-September.

 
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