Upcoming 2018 Toyota Supra Engines and Transmission Have Just Been Leaked
Supra likely to be offered without the manual
It’s no secret Toyota is developing the new Supra (J29) with help from BMW. As leaked Bavarian automaker’s documentation suggests, it’s more than just help the Japanese are getting. Upcoming 2018 Toyota Supra will also receive a full range of BMW engines and transmission as a bonus.
A while back, Toyota and BMW came to an agreement according to which both automakers profit. Toyota gets BMW’s transmission and engines while Germans get more affordable platform upon which to build their next-gen BMW Z4. German convertible coupe has already made a debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2017, while Supra should become available sometime during 2018. That’s when its production is set to commence, anyway. And it would seem that Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr has been tasked with this momentous challenge.
As leaked BMW documentation acquired by good folks from SupraMKV forum suggests, iconic Japanese sports car’s successor will come with BMW code 20i, 30i and 40i engines. In other words, that’s:
- 2.0L B48 turbocharged straight-four (195 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque) – 20i
- 2.0L B48 turbocharged straight-four (248 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque) – 30i
- 3.0L B58 turbocharged straight-six (335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque) – 40i
You can chalk the lower output 4-cylinder off straight away as it’ll most likely be offered exclusively overseas. This leaves the U.S. spec Toyota Supra with two possible options; a 248-horsepower turbo four and a 335-horsepower turbo six. Of course, new generation of vehicles almost always comes with improvement on final power output front so expect the 6-cylinder 2018 Supra to deliver around 350 ponies.
The same spec sheet acquired from BMW also discloses possible transmission options. Or should I say option. What will surely come as a disappointment for Supra enthusiasts, upcoming Japanese manufacturer’s flagship sports car only offers automatic trans. And, while BMW does offer a manual, Supra will apparently be limited to the ZF-8HP eight-speed automatic.
Bear in mind that SupraMKV acquired that spec sheet a while ago, so it’s subject to change. However perplexing Supra without a manual trans might sound like, it’s definitely not impossible. Lexus IS, GS-F and RC, for instance, are all tied to automatics.
These aren’t the news Toyota Supra fans wanted to hear, but there’s still time to change things around. Hopefully, someone from Toyota will read this. Otherwise, it looks like Toyota is just piggybacking on BMW Z4’s development. And that’s not the way a nameplate like Supra is supposed to be treated like.
Update: February 13, 2018
The Japanese auto industry giant has confirmed the along-awaited unveiling date for the upcoming Supra. The next-gen sports car will be presented at this year’s Geneva auto show to be held in early March. The BMW’s 3.0L turbocharged straight-six with 335 horsepower has been confirmed, but the Supra will additionally offer some 37 horsepower of overboost. As things stand right now, the car apparently weighs 3,284 pounds and it’s 5.4 inches shorter than its predecessor. It also comes with a 3.2-inch shorter wheelbase but it’s 0.6 inch taller and 1.7 inches wider at the same time. Finally, the new car will apparently be presented wearing the 225/50R-17 front rubber, while donning the 255/45R-17s at the rear. Larger 18s and 19s aren’t excluded as options, especially in the U.S.
We’ll keep on updating this story as new info comes to light.