Toyota brings four-cylinder Supra to Europe

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Words: Nile Bijoux
15 Jan 2020

Toyota currently offers a four-cylinder version of the A90 GR Supra in Japan only but it looks like Europe will also get the entry-level model.

It uses a BMW-sourced turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot, good for 190kW and 400Nm. Despite the 60kW power deficit, it isn’t much slower than the ‘bigger’ Supra, with Toyota claiming a 5.2 second 0-100km/h time. We eked out a 4.4sec sprint time in the 3.0-litre twin-turbo version.

According to the manufacturer, the new engine is more compact and 100kg lighter than the 3.0-litre unit, so it can be mounted further towards the middle of the car for 50/50 weight distribution. This “improves the car’s inertia characteristics and chassis balance for even sharper handling”.

One big question, however, is how Toyota will market the 2.0-litre Supra and the GT86 alongside one another, given the incoming GR86 with its 2.4 flat four turbo engine is claimed to also generated 190kW. A move to the TNGA platform means it too will offer a 50:50 weight distribution.

It’s a possibility that markets offering the 2.0-litre Supra won’t get the GR86, and vice-versa, except for Japan.

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