2020 Toyota Supra’s Straight-Six Engine Sounds Intoxicating In New Teaser

The teasing campaign for the all-new Toyota Supra intensifies as its world debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show draws nearer.

Although not a Toyota engine, the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder built by BMW represents the essence of the 2020 Supra. Straight-six engines have always powered Supra models and this latest one couldn’t make an exception. Over the years, the Supra has also been known for its thrilling exhaust notes and we’re glad to say that’s the case with the A90 as well.

While we’ve already heard the BMW-sourced engine when the Supra ran up the Goodwood hill earlier this year, this new video from Toyota is even more revealing.

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So how does it sound? Pretty good, we’d say. Compared to the 2019 BMW Z4 M40i, the engine seems tuned to deliver a slightly higher-pitched sound and that’s just great. The exhaust burble is there too and the tire squeals tell us someone had a lot of fun when shooting this video — unfortunately the footage is visually censored to obscure the car’s design.

Toyota hasn’t disclosed engine specs for now but we do know the same engine makes 382 hp (387 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque in the US-spec 2019 BMW Z4 M40i, allowing the roadster to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds.

The Supra also shares its platform and automatic transmission with the 2019 BMW Z4, although Toyota wants you to know its engineers tuned the engine, transmission, and chassis specifically for the Supra. From afar, it seems like they did a good job, at least in the sound department. The following video is best enjoyed with headphones.

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  • Smith

    They have obviously forgotten who the real customers are. Automatic transmission is for wimps, this is NOT a real sports car.

    • danno

      Tell that to McLaren with the 7 speed “auto” 720S.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Today’s REAL sports car have only auto trans (except the 20-yo lotus), so try something else

      • TheAmerican

        Maybe, but a manual is more fun. Especially for a tiny little car like this. It needs an manual really bad

  • dumblikeyou2

    Pathetic that a manual transmission isn’t even being offered and only considered in the age of the snowflake hashtag.

  • Christian

    sounds just like the new A4 M40i….Meh

  • D3X

    This video is another tease on a hyped car that they’ve been hyping for years, we all know how it looks like already so why the blur? And we already know how it sounds too (Z4), so why even make this video?

  • GobbleUp

    Wait, I thought you said it was going to sound good. That’s really a poor compromise.
    This car will be cancelled several years into production.

  • hell yeah!!! all the squinting didn’t help lol

  • Sjaak

    All that crazy teasing (thanks to Toyota’s lousy old fashioned stupid marketing department) builds up tower high expectations. But I am prepared for a hell of a disappointment, when we see and hear it ïn the flesh.

    • Bash


      • Sjaak

        Maybe we can create a movement against teasing. Inviting governments to make laws with body/capital punishment to prevent from teasing. I got the teaser-flu, but sadly there is no medicin fort it……..

    • Javokhir_Sam


  • Seats & a steering wheel

    I still think they should have put one of their own engines and transmissions. Nissan put a V6 in their R35 and it’s ever bit is a great as the former RB26. The in line 6 configuration is great, no doubt, but BMW and longevity are complete strangers. If they had a potent V6 twin turbo from one of their current Lexus models and an eight or ten speed auto -again from a Lexus, I would much rather that. I’m sure it would still be an epic drive all withat known Toyota/Lexus refinement and reliability.

    • Vinny

      Instead of V6, use the V8 from the LC coupe. That would’ve been awesome. That V8 sounds so delicious!!!

  • RysterARCEE

    The pops are too much for a street car. Not sure when snaps, crackles, and pops became a “thing” [other than for breakfast cereal], but it needs to stop.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed! What the flip?
      On the other hand, it sounds like a BMW straight six and that is a good thing.

    • Vinny

      It’s been a thing to get noticed when driving an expensive sports car.

  • I think the sound looks similar to an older Supra.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Shut up and take my money!

    • Vinny

      Where? Can u Paypal it to me?

  • john1168

    Sounds great!

  • Randy Terpstra

    Oh, the power of advertising. Not sure how ‘legendary’ that 3 litre can be, when it’s a BMW unit which has only been around since 2015 :/ .

    Yes, I’m sure the Supra will be a fine car, but Toyota would be wise not to play up the past with this one. There’s no connection between this and any else in Toyota’s historic line of sporting cars. This is a not a Toyota, it is Japanese styled, German engineered, Austrian built BMW.

    • Vinny

      To save hundreds of millions of $ on R&D on developing a brand new engine.

  • ErnieB

    Gotta love fart Cans!! Wtf!

  • SteersUright

    I hear tall gearing, soft shifts at full throttle that belong more in a Lexus than a Supra, and a V6 that sounds like a buzzsaw in an accelerating electric car. Also, the excessive pops on overrun thing is starting to just sound stupid and juvenile. Every manufacturer is adding more and more of it as proof of how sporty their car is. Eventually you’ll be driving around a popcorn machine.

  • getoffme

    Sounds great and better than the M4.

  • Sybill Julian

    even though they tuned it, I still thinking that toyota is forgot how to make a sportier engine, fun car anymore after the end of JDM legends era. remember that nowadays toyota 86 is using boxer engine from subaru. guess they handed it over to lexus… but lexus is for luxury and comfort, not having a fun to drive DNA. Lexus LFA is an exception though, because yamaha.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    After a years of teasing and a billion speculations, I am wondering why I am still here reading news about “Fupra”. Maybe there is still some f**ks left to give.

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