Toyota Testing V8-Powered Supra

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And it sounds incredible.

There are plenty of people out there who don't like the fact the 2020 Toyota Supra uses a BMW engine. Despite the BMW's B58 inline-six being a superb engine, some questioned why Toyota didn't develop a "3JZ" inline-six as a successor to the legendary 2JZ while others recommended the 5.0-liter V8 from the Lexus RC F and LC 500.

Putting a V8 in the Supra would have gone against the car's heritage of using an inline-six but that may not be the case for the race car. The Supra GT4 will use a racing version of the road car's inline-six but Toyota has already revealed a GT500 version that will use a turbocharged four-cylinder. Now, YouTube channel Nenkatsu has posted a video of Toyota testing what sounds like a V8-powered Supra race car.

Nenkatsu
Nenkatsu

The car in the video is being called the Supra GT300 and it is designed to race in Japan's GT series. Unlike the FIA GT3 class, Japan's GT300 series gives nearly unlimited freedom to change the aerodynamics, suspension, and most importantly, the engine. As you can clearly hear in the video, this version of the Supra emits a bellowing exhaust note that sounds like a V8, not an inline-six or four-banger. The engine note sounds nothing like the Lexus 5.0-liter so it's anyone's guess as to what this new engine is. Perhaps Toyota developed a new motor just for this series.

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Nenkatsu
Nenkatsu

The car was being tested by Toyota's Gazoo Racing team and looks close to the final design despite the camouflaging. As we've already seen, Toyota is willing to use different engines for its upcoming Supra racing program, though we'd be shocked if any of these new motors found their way into the road car.

Nenkatsu
Nenkatsu
Nenkatsu

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