More evidence is emerging that a Mark V Supra will soon be upon us. And this time, Toyotaku will be pleased to hear that the motor could be something Toyota is developing on their own.
According to AutoGuide, which picked up the story from Japanese automotive tabloid Mag-X, the next Supra will come equipped with a Toyota-developed twin-turbo V6. If true, the news would contradict rampant rumors that Toyota would be using a BMW inline-6 in its sports car, a source of much disappointment to die-hard Toyota fans.
To be clear, Toyota is almost certainly collaborating with BMW on this sports car. We refrained from reporting that the engine would be BMW-derived, however, as it never made sense to us. Why would Toyota, builder of the most bulletproof engines humankind has ever known, employ on their halo car, an overly complex mill with a reputation for built-in obsolescence the minute the warranty expires?
Some people said it was because of Supra tradition, as BMW still makes inline-sixes and Toyota does not. But wouldn’t it be a bigger break from tradition to not use a Toyota engine at all?
Of course, this new V6 rumor is not any more substantial. But the report does go on to say that the V6 would be used in the next-generation Lexus GS and LS, which seems more like Toyota’s M.O.
It also says the V6 will generate over 400 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. That’s significantly less than that other Japanese twin-turbo V6 sports car, the newly facelifted 565-horsepower Nissan GT-R, but Perhaps the Toyota will remain RWD and weigh less.