Fans of the Toyota Supra have spent nearly two decades in a dark and aimless valley. Their fearless leader, the Supra, took its leave in 2002 and was afterwards known only in whispered rumors. Finally, Toyota has rewarded their loyalty with the birth of a fifth generation Toyota Supra for the 2020 model year.
But these same fans also tend to be hesitant. Like any passionate followers, they want to make sure the new Supra does justice to its vaunted model line. One aspect that has received some attention is the engine. The Toyota 2JZ-GTE machine that powered fourth generation of the model (and helped to make it the fastest Toyota of all time) still basks in well-deserved legendary status.
Like parents concerned about their child’s choice of Homecoming date, Supra acolytes everywhere are inquiring with pointed curiosity: who makes the 2020 Toyota Supra engine?
Toyota Supra Engine Manufacturer
The 2020 Toyota Supra engine is designed by BMW and manufactured by a third-party assembly group called Magna Steyr. Magna Steyr engineers, develops and assembles automobiles for other companies on a contractual basis. They assemble the 2020 Toyota Supra alongside the G29 BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria.
What engine is in the 2020 Toyota Supra?
The 2020 Toyota Supra uses a BMW 58 straight-six engine. This innovatively engineered powerplant features an exhaust manifold cast directly onto the cylinder head. It has two exhaust ports, and an efficient water-to-air intercooler incorporated directly into the plastic intake manifold.
A teardown of the 2020 Supra reveals that the BMW 58 engine boasts a robust crankshaft, strong connecting rods and high-quality pistons. The block is capable of handling even higher amounts of horsepower than already provided with its closed-deck design.
Though some die-hard Toyota fans were skeptical of the automaker using a BMW engine, the performance provided by this powerplant shows that Toyota still knows what they’re doing. The 2020 Toyota Supra is exceptionally quick and capable, both on the street and the track.
A Brief History of the Supra
The 2020 Toyota Supra kicks off a fifth generation for the acclaimed machine. The original model began production in 1978, working its way up to a fourth generation that was discontinued in 2002. During that time, it gathered legions of ardent followers and made many memorable appearances in video games, movies, music videos and TV shows.
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