Toyota Confirms The Reborn Supra Will Use A BMW-Sourced Engine

Toyota has officially confirmed that the next-generation Supra that’s been co-developed with BMW will be powered by one of its German partner’s engines and not one of its own.

During an interview with Holland’s AutoRAI, Toyota’s vice president of research and development, Gerald Killmanm, confirmed that the Supra won’t just use the same platform as the new Z4 but also make use of a BMW engine.

However, this does not mean the 2019 Supra and all-new Z4 will use the same engine. The Supra will utilize a naturally-aspirated inline six-cylinder delivering upwards of 450 HP without any hybrid wizardry, while the new Z4 should be available with a plethora of engines.

These are expected to include a four-cylinder with 195 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque for Europe and a 250 hp four-pot for the North American market. It’s also been rumored that a TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 330 hp and 380 HP, depending on specification, might make its way under BMW’s bonnet.

At March’s Geneva Motor Show, Toyota previewed its new sports car with the Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept, complete with styling influenced by the eye-catching FT-1 Concept. Production of the model will take place at Magna Steyr’s facility in Graz, Austria from the first half of 2019.

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  • Salih Ahzem

    Naturally aspirated inline-6 with 450HP? Is that for real?

    • cooper

      No it’s not. It will be a twin turbo straight six.

      • eb110americana

        I wouldn’t even be surprised if it is the single-turbo, twin-scroll setup. 300-400 hp (probably under 350 hp) seems inevitable.

    • Bo Hanan

      If BMW had a 450HP NA-6 in their arsenal you can bet they wouldn’t give it to Toyota- exclusively if at all.
      Additionally, at this point its clear its the Z4 Coupe with Toyota badges.

    • Adam Bernard

      Given that, to the best of my knowledge, BMW no longer makes any non-turbo L6 engines, I would have to file that comment under “shenanigans”…

  • cooper

    Reliability is done at Toyota.

    • khc

      Things are rarely that simple. I would guess (/hope) that Toyota, which seriously guards its long-standing reputation for reliability, had something to say about this engine’s development. Long before their V6s, BMW was famous for their smooth and powerful inline-6 engines.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I seriously hope they’ve done something with the engine

        • alexxx

          Yes..cause BMWs have really awful engines…right?!

          • Honda NSX-R

            I’m not saying they’re awful engines, but I’m hoping Toyota does something to the engine/s they’re using so that they can live up to the Toyota name in terms of reliability.

          • alexxx

            You know Toyota will do that…is there any reason to believe otherwise…

          • Honda NSX-R

            A reason I would believe otherwise is cost

          • alexxx

            Fair point…
            But Toyota is making reliable cars for decades now…so…I am sure they ll ll find a way…

    • Six_Tymes

      yep, i think you might be right

  • Honda NSX-R

    Editor, BMW does not have a naturally aspirated inline six in its lineup, so there’s no way the new Supra will be N/A.

    • Kyle Newberry

      I mean, it’s not like Toyota can’t just take the turbos off a N/A engine and engineer some of it.

      • Bob

        No of course not, what does Toyota even know about engines?

        • LeStori

          If it was anything like my father’s well maintained Toyota that cooked itself , not much.

          • Bob

            How??? Witchcraft must be a factor. How old was the engine?

  • Christian

    Its 1940’s all over… Remember last time Japan helped Germany?

    • Bo Hanan

      Its the other way around dude. Germans are building the car.

    • Ken Lyns

      Did Japan “help” last time?

      • Christian

        that’s racist!

        • LeStori

          Countries are not races

          • Christian


  • pcurve

    I give them credit for bringing this car to market even though no one buys them anymore.

  • Six_Tymes

    hmmm, not sure i like this idea.

  • SteersUright

    Where on earth is this info coming from? N.A, engine with 450hp from 3Liters is straight up racing spec and why would BMW develop a bespoke unit like this for anything other than a supercar contract?

    • LWOAP

      It’s mot likely a twin turbo setup. I’m guessing the author must have received fault information.

  • Adilos Nave

    My god, release the darn thing already!!! They’ve been hyping this car for years now. It’s almost as bad as the 5-year wait for the Camaro re-release.

    • Bill

      Completely agree. The FT-1 came out over 4 years ago and this is a toned down version of it. Too little too late as they say.

  • txsupra11
  • txsupra11

    How it would look like if the fake air vent panel was blended into the door.


    Hello Z4 Coupe. I missed you.

    • Six_Tymes


  • Six_Tymes

    ouch. but telling like it is.

  • Bash

    I’m just gonna have to yawn right now.

  • javier

    @ $50 k it would be pretty cool at 60 maybe at 70 it’s stupid

  • Christian Wimmer

    Yeah, it should use a sludge-prone Toyota V6…

  • smartacus

    Woohoo! 450 HP
    is almost 50 more
    than the 2.0 turbo
    in the 2019 CLA45
    How do they do it?

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Toyota’s plan: make an amazing concept and then water down the appearance, take an unbelievable amount of time delaying the reveal (then show it in unattainable race trim… another concept), remove the oh-so-desired manual transmission option, replace the bulletproof engine reliability of Toyota that everyone is counting on, and price it outside anything imaginable for performance that can be bought at a fraction of the cost. Great plan, Toyota.

  • LeStori

    So you can take off the Toyota badge and stick on a BMW badge and have a BMW Coupe rather than a flop-top for those with balding hair, comb overs and IQ reducing caps. Trying to be “young” and failing badly

  • Timothy Gough

    A BMW through and through with Toyota badge

  • Shahul Usman

    Yup, like the Toyabaru… just a renamed subbie and a renamed bmw..

  • cargeniuass

    Still not a fan of the new “supra”….
    Put a toyota engine in there dammit… otherwise its just a bmw swap with the supra logo…

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