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2020 Toyota Supra not getting a turbo four in the U.S.

by Ronan Glon

The Japanese-spec model will get one.

In the United States, the base version of the 2020 Toyota Supra offers a BMW-sourced, 3.0-liter straight-six engine. In Japan, buyers can order the coupe with a smaller, lighter four-cylinder engine available in two states of tune. The firm has no plans to offer a turbo four in America, though.

"I think it will be interesting to see, with the Z4 coming out with the 2.0-liter - and it's kind of interesting we have our inline six that's the same price as their two-liter - we'll see how that all works out. But no, we don't have a plan to bring the four-cylinder here," Jack Hollis, Toyota's vice president and general manager, told Motor1 on the sidelines of the 2019 Detroit auto show.

The U.S.-spec Supra boasts 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque regardless of trim level. In comparison, the Japanese-spec model offers 194 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in its standard configuration. The mid-range model uses an evolution of the four-cylinder tuned to deliver 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist, respectively.

An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard regardless of cylinder count or output.

The 2.0-liter will help Toyota sell the Supra in countries and regions that collect a tax on high-displacement engine. That's the case in Japan, and in many European nations. In the United States, where gas is relatively cheap and displacement-based taxes are not a concern, Toyota prefers to offer only a six-cylinder.

"The good news is having a company that has that available, we could do so. But we made the choice with Tada Son to only bring [the Supra] out with the inline six - so we feel strongly that that's the right engine and right performance for us," Hollis summed up.

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