New Toyota Supra will get four-cylinder enginesJanuary 15, 2019
Toyota has developed a budget version of the sports car Toyota Supra.
The fifth-generation rear-drive sports car Toyota Supra, which was just unveiled at the Detroit auto show, will also receive four-cylinder engines in addition to six-cylinder engines: such cars will be sold in Japan.
Since its introduction in 1978, Toyota Supra sports cars have always corresponded to one recipe: rear wheel drive chassis and inline six-cylinder engine. According to the same scheme, the fifth-generation car, created in collaboration with BMW, is a rear-wheel drive platform from the BMW Z4 and the six-cylinder B58B30 turbo from it.
But the Supra of the fifth generation will have a budget version with a four-cylinder engine for the first time in history – this is a two-liter BMW B48B20 turbo engine. The two-liter cars will receive an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the top version of the sports car.
The four-cylinder engine will be offered in two versions – with a capacity of 197 and 258 horsepower. They also differ noticeably in terms of traction capabilities: the younger version has a maximum torque of 320 Nm in the range from 1,450 to 4,200 revolutions per minute, and in the older version 400 Nm at 1,550–4,400 revolutions per minute. For comparison, the six-cylinder Supra – 340 hp and 500 Nm.
The dynamics are also significantly different: the 197-strong version accelerates to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.5 seconds, the 258-hp – in 5.2. In this six-cylinder Supra performs the same exercise in 4.3 seconds.
But four-cylinder cars are noticeably lighter, and the difference mainly falls on the front axle: their curb weight is 1,410 and 1,450 kilograms, respectively, against 1,520 kilograms of the six-cylinder model.
New Supra with four-cylinder engine is designed exclusively for the Japanese market. Such cars will be produced in less rich trim levels SZ and SZ-R. One and all Toyota Supra sports cars will be assembled in Austria – at the Magna Steyr plant, on the same conveyor with the BMW Z4.
Toyota Supra of the first three generations was also produced in budget versions with two-liter engines – but these were “native” six-cylinder engines with a reduced working volume. This was done for the sake of getting into a better tax category. Through official channels, these sports cars were sold only in the domestic Japanese market.
But the four-cylinder Supra was created only for racing: the fourth-generation cars with the 3S-GTE turbo engine performed in the 90s in the Japanese JGTC championship. The designers of these race cars decided to abandon the six-cylinder engine of the JZ family due to its overweight.
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