While the majority of the automotive industry is fully committed to transitioning to battery-electric vehicles despite sales slowing down, Toyota has chosen a multi-pathway approach for the near future, and the upcoming next-generation Supra could serve as a prime example of this strategy.
Despite the current Supra not showing its age, Toyota is reportedly in the works for its successor, which might make its first appearance within the next couple of years. Most signs point towards this new model being made available with battery-electric and good old-fashioned ICE powertrain options. And a new report out of Japan claims to have more info on the next-gen Supra’s combustion engine.
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According to Japan’s Best Car sources, the upcoming powerplant for the next-generation Supra is believed to be a collaborative effort with BMW. Similar to the current engine, it will feature a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder configuration. The notable difference is that this engine will have the capability to run on carbon-neutral fuels and will also incorporate mild hybrid technology.
Sourcing carbon-neutral fuels won’t be an easy task for owners, so the next-gen combustion Supra will also presumably run on normal unleaded petrol. The new engine should be good for around 400 PS or 394 hp, giving it slightly more grunt than the current model’s 382 hp. Driving enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the option of a six-speed manual should also stick around in the new car while an eight-speed auto will also be available.
Prior to the release of the next-generation Supra, Toyota is planning to send out the current model with a high-performance bang in the form of a GRMN version. This variant might share its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine with the BMW M4 CSL and is anticipated to generate around 542 hp. It could also feature a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Note: The illustrations in this story are unofficial and don’t have Toyota’s stamp of approval.