The 2019 Toyota Supra’s rumored torque figure could also result in more horsepower than earlier reports suggested.
The new 2019 Toyota Supra is shaping up to hit the market in the first half of next year. Before that, though, there are a few new rumors swirling around about the return of the legendary nameplate’s return. Early in June, we came across a rumor stating the new Supra will start at around $63,500 and have 330 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Now, Autocar reports there may be even more power on tap from Toyota’s new halo car.
According to the chief engineer for the 2019 Toyota Supra, Tetsuya Tada, power and torque figures could be on par with current Lexus F performance models. That means around 390 lb-ft of torque. “I can’t disclose those specific figures…But you can imagine from seeing it that the car is light and compact.” According to Tada, the new Supra will be 200-300 kilograms (440 to 730 pounds) lighter than the [Lexus] F-Series. Lexus F performance models weigh around 1,700-1,800 kilograms, or around 4,000 pounds.
While the 2019 Toyota Supra may have some weight on its smaller cousin, the Toyota 86, it actually will have a shorter wheelbase. It’s 14 kilograms (30 pounds) lighter than the PDK-equipped Porsche 911 Carrera S, and it’s also lighter than the previous generation Supra. That should mean the car will be pretty brisk – Toyota expects 0-60 to come up in around 3.8 seconds. Power will come by way of a turbocharged straight-six engine. The 2019 BMW Z4, which was co-developed with the Supra as part of a technical partnership, will have a similar powertrain. Tada also stated the Supra will have “a limited slip differential and 50:50 weight distribution,” according to the Autocar report.
Hybrid powertrain coming?
The 2019 Toyota Supra may well achieve equivalent power to the 5.0-liter V8-powered Lexus F models. However, its unlikely it will get a different engine than the straight-six. In fact, most expect hybrid versions of both the Supra and the BMW Z4 to come as part of the development process for the two cars. Toyota is currently tied up with Mazda and Denso on further development for electric vehicles. BMW, of course, has its own electric range, having launched the i8 and the i3. Toyota won at Le Mans with its TS030 hybrid, and is currently working on a follow-up.