The Japanese automaker has been teasing a new Supra ever since the brilliant FT-1 Concept debuted, and now rumor has it that Toyota is developing an all-new, twin-turbo V6 engine for its sports car. The powerplant will reportedly have more than 400 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque and will also be used to power the new Lexus GS and LS models. Car Keys cites Japanese publication Mag-X, which received the information from Toyota insiders. Internally, the engine code is 943F.
On paper, it all makes sense, especially since the Toyota Supra’s successor is expected to be the result of a collaboration with BMW and Toyota. BMW is expected to use the platform for the new Z5, which will likely have turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines under the hood. It’s unlikely that Toyota will want to use a BMW engine, which means it has to develop a new powerplant that will work with the co-developed platform.
Various automakers, especially luxury ones, are turning to smaller turbocharged engines to increase performance and fuel efficiency. The last Toyota Supra used a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, but even the recent GT-R has moved to a V6 powerplant, so don’t be surprised if Toyota pursues a new engine to make its Supra a contender. It has also been rumored that the next Supra will be a hybrid, but we have a suspicion this V6 might be more fun.