Toyota’s move to offer the new Supra with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine only in Japan led inevitably to questions about whether the company plans to offer the base version in USA.
The short answer? No. Toyota North America boss Jack Hollis spoke with Road & Track about their plans on the new Supra, and apparently these don’t include bringing in the four-cylinder version just yet.
“We may [get the four-cylinder], but at this point, there’s no plan,” Hollis said. “It’s obviously an available engine for us, but we have not chosen to bring it in.”
“I think the heritage of [the Supra], the purists would say ‘it’s an inline-six,’ and that’s what we’re doing here,” he added. “Is there going to be as much demand for a four-cylinder versus the six in a vehicle that’s aspirational, and a little bit more of a ‘want’ car than a ‘need’ car? I don’t know.”
Other markets with higher gas prices and heavier taxes on larger engines will certainly be a better fit for a four-cylinder Supra but in the US it doesn’t really make sense for Toyota to offer such a version. If you live in the US and want a four-cylinder Toyota sports car, there’s always the 86.
Toyota North America’s boss added that if there’s sufficient demand for the base Supra in the US, they will bring it over. Chances look however pretty slim.