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2020 Toyota Supra Coming With Four-Cylinder Engine

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Three engine options will be offered.

Toyota Supras have always been powered by straight-sixes, and the new one is no exception. That is, at least, in "export" markets. Back at home in Japan, though, Toyota's offering the new fifth-generation Supra with a four-cylinder engine. Two of them, in fact.

The JDM version of Toyota's new flagship performance model will be offered with a 2.0-liter inline-four, also ostensibly sourced from BMW and augmented by a single twin-scroll turbocharger. It's even mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission, driving the rear wheels – just like the six-cylinder version we'll get in America.

Domestically, Toyota will offer the four-pot in two levels of output: one producing 194 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, and another boasting 255 hp and 295 lb-ft. Both are, of course, less potent than the 3.0-liter six, which packs 335 hp and 369 lb-ft. So while the six-cylinder Supra will reach 62 mph from a standstill in 4.3 seconds, the four-cylinder versions will take 6.5 and 5.2 seconds, respectively.

What'll be particularly interesting to see, though, is how they might handle differently. Toyota estimates the four-pot Supra will weigh a good 154-242 pounds less than the six-cylinder model.

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With most of the savings bound to be felt in the nose, that could mean for more agile handling and better weight distribution – though less muscle will mean it won't be as fast coming out of the corner as it might be going through it.

Most of us will never find out, though, and even if we do, we won't be able to get our hands on the four-pot Supra. Which may be just as well, considering the power deficit and the history of straight-six Supras. But we're not ones to balk at having choices... especially if they come in cheaper.