BMW M Boss Says “Never Say Never” To M3-Powered Toyota Supra

Despite BMW and Toyota insisting that, after agreeing on basic requirements, they then went their separate ways in developing their new sports cars, things certainly don’t look that way; and one more clue is the fact that the the new Supra might, eventually, get the next M3’s engine.

Autocar recently had the opportunity to sit down with M Division president Markus Flasch and asked whether the new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder from the X3 M and X4 M, which will soon find its way in the brand-new M3, could also find be used in the Supra.

“We’ve certainly made no offer to supply the engine to Toyota – and no request has been made, as far as I know,” he said. “But it’s an interesting idea, if unlikely for now. It would be a lot for us to give away, you might say. But I’d never say never.”

While we’re sure many Supra enthusiasts would be intrigued at the possibility of a near-500 HP version of the Japanese sports car, Flasch indicated that it’s unlikely to happen, at least while the X3 M and X4 M’s S58 engine is still in its infancy.

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“As a rule, we don’t offer BMW M engines to third parties because we consider them such a strength of our cars,” he said. “I think it would be a hard decision for a lot of the team to accept – particularly with the S58 being so new. Why would we sell it before we had a chance to use it ourselves in all the places we plan to?”

Powering both the current Supra and the BMW Z4 M40i is the B58 3.0-liter, single turbo straight-six. While the Toyota’s 335 HP might not sound like an awful lot for a rear-wheel drive sports car in 2019, dyno runs have revealed that it likely pumps out closer to 380 HP, propelling it to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds.

A more powerful variant, complete with two turbochargers and upwards of 500 HP, could be just what Toyota needs to win over those remaining diehard Supra fans still not convinced by the new car.

Still, with the long-awaited sports car selling like hot cakes right now, and BMW not willing to share its latest mill just yet we don’t expect that to happen anytime soon (if at all..). The mid-life cycle revamp, which is at least three to four years, if not more, into the future, or a special hardcore variant to spice up interest, would be the logical choice – but, then again, you never know.

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  • Six_Tymes

    It Needs it. It needs more performance to offset its looks.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      0-60 in minus 5 seconds and a top speed of 1500 miles per hour should maybe do it.

      Maybe not.

  • Liam Paul

    translation, why would we want one of our great engines in a car that looks like garbage. If only toyota had made theirs as good looking as BMW

  • Jonathan

    It’s not more power that it needs, it’s a MANUAL TRANSMISSION.

    • Honda NSX-R

      It needs both options

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Manual is for people that live in the past

      • Mr. EP9

        Wrong.

        Manual transmissions are for people that like being part of the driving experience.

    • Leconte Dave

      Why not both?

  • Mountainous Man

    Ugh, that car looks like a blobfish.

  • Mr. EP9

    Does this mean they’ll actually do it, or is this just yet another case of it could happen? Because much like the rumors of a targa top GR Supra or one with a manual, they haven’t gone anywhere.

  • Ben

    “If there’s a demand for it, we’ll consider….”
    + Manual transmission
    + More power
    + Targa top
    + GR edition
    + Wings
    + Hellfire missles
    + Cold brew coffee maker

    • donald seymour

      Will that cold brew coffee maker be inclusive of a latte maker? If not then I would want the latte maker installed.

      • Ben

        Well, we will consider it…if there is demand for it

    • Eythan Aldrich

      GR edition? you mean GRMN edition

  • PhilMcGraw

    I think people have misread this article. This is the head of the BMW M Division saying he isn’t sure if they would offer an M engine for the Supra. They didn’t ask anyone representing Toyota. And as the article states, M engines have only been given to a select handful of manufacturers in the past.

  • GoldiumFX

    BMW has really lost its identity. Selling out just to make more money. Honestly I may get rid of my F80 M3 because BMW just keeps on making these sellout decisions. Think I’m almost done with this brand. Good riddance

  • K B

    I wonder what the net affect of these cars would be on the manufacturers. Especially Toyota, with most of it’s fans bewailing disappontments.
    A Supra was what a Corvette is to Chevy, or a Wrangler is to Jeep. There’s a great risk of losing brand integrity with customers while cutting corners to save money like this.
    I brought up the Jeep because recently, there are rumors they’re planning to do the same thing to the Land Cruiser with BMW……..smh, seems like losing-soul-downward-spiral at Toyota.

  • Bob

    My upvote is for the Z is looking uglier by the day part. The last one was a pig, dynamically, but looked quite nice.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Can you guys not? Yes, that would be cool, but come on, Toyota. At least use your own turbos…

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