When Toyota finally revealed the 2020 Supra in January 2019, we learned it would only be offered with a turbo six-cylinder engine in the US, despite two turbo-four options being available in other markets. Recently, paperwork filed with the California Air Resource Board seeking approval for the four-cylinder Supra. Is Toyota changing its mind and bringing the four-cylinder to the US? We asked the automaker, and the answer is still no.
The four-cylinder Supra, which is currently only slated for the Japanese market, is available in two different tunes: A 196-horsepower, 236 lb.-ft. version and a 255-hp/295 lb.-ft. version. If the latter numbers sound familiar, it's because they're identical to the output of the four-cylinder BMW Z4 sDrive30i. As you know, the Supra shares its underpinnings and drivetrains with the Z4. So presumably, the engines are closely related, if not identical.
, which confirms that new vehicles to market conform to California's emissions requirements, lists a handful of BMW four-cylinder 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series models, as well as a four-cylinder Z4, and a "Supra 2.0." Considering that all of these cars use the same BMW-built 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, it makes sense that they would all receive certification en masse.
Of course, this doesn't mean that the four-cylinder Supra is coming to the US. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota North America boss Jack Hollis told R&T that, while the company has the option to bring the four-cylinder Supra stateside, it has decided not to do so at the current time.
Seeing the recently-uncovered CARB document, we wondered if Toyota changed its mind regarding the four-cylinder Supra. When reached for comment, a Toyota spokesperson told R&T the following:
BMW took steps to certify an engine for a variety of uses. At this point, Toyota’s plans for the Supra in the U.S. include only the 3.0-liter inline six that will be in the 2020 Supra when it goes on sale this summer.
If you were hoping for a cheaper, lighter Supra with a smaller engine, it looks like you're still out of luck.