Rumors about the return of the Toyota Supra have been making the rounds much to the joy of enthusiasts everywhere. The FT-1 Concept gave everyone more hope, as did Toyota’s perpetuated partnership with BMW and its hybrid powertrain. But the latest report dispels some of those earlier rumors, and has the new Supra featuring with a Lexus engine instead.
This is all rumor and conjecture at this point, but that doesn’t mean it might not be not true, so let’s go with it for the moment. The reasoning, according to Autoblog, starts with that BMW/Toyota partnership. Mules have been spotted, and it’s a good bet they’re not using BMW power, but rather, turbocharged inline four and six-cylinder engines.
This brings us to the twin-turbocharged V6 that will power the new Lexus GS and LS. The engine has been reported by several Japanese publications, and even has an engine code, 943F, which makes it feel more like the real deal. It’s supposed to have over 400 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.
That would be a nice fit for the new Supra…if it happens. Toyota has used turbocharged inline six-cylinders in the past, but they’ve never produced a factory version. With everyone downsizing engines to meet government regulations on fuel economy and emissions, tuning that Lexus V6 for the new Supra makes a lot of sense.