Toyota promises more powerful Supra variants

The company will launch several improved versions in coming years.

Toyota is apparently working on more powerful Supra variants to launch in the years to come.

The coupe arrived on the market this year with 335 horsepower, nearly 50 ponies less than the BMW Z4 M40i that is powered by the same 'B58' 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine.

Speaking to Autoblog, Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed the car will eventually get more power, though he declined to disclose specific output specifications.

"With a sports car, the promise is to offer more performance with each additional version," he said.

A BMW executive recently doused cold water on hopes that the Supra could get the S58 engine found in the X3 M and X4 M, claiming that Toyota had not yet made such a request. The German automaker is understandably protective of its new M engine, though the company has not completely ruled out sharing the mill at some point.

Toyota is unlikely to put a new engine in the Supra until it has maximized output from the current powerplant, suggesting the coupe will eventually catch up with the Z4's 382 horsepower.

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