Yesterday, we learned that BMW-acquired B58 engine was a big part of the reason Toyota wanted to work with BMW for the upcoming Supra. Now we will listen to the very Bavarian straight-six doing things in Toyota Supra for the first time.
As you probably already know, the B58 engine used in Toyota Supra is the same as the BMW Z4 M40i. Both cars are siblings, born from the same joint venture between both brands, so they share the same chassis, gearbox, differential and, most importantly, engine.
We recently learned that Toyota wanted to work with BMW specifically for its straight six engines, as Supra has historically used an I6 and Toyota no longer made one. And at least according to Supra's chief engineer, fans would rather have a non-Toyota-straight-six than a Toyota-picked V6. So, therefore, we have a Bavarian powereed Toyota Supra. And it's an engine that the Japanese brand seems to be proud of.
In this new Toyota video, we hear about the B58 engine that drives the new Supra. Although the text in the video says "Listen to its legendary 3 liter in line six cylinder engine." Is that that Toyota means that the new Supra actually uses a 1JZ engine, known for its classic predecessors? Because while the BMW B58 engine is great, it has not been long enough to be considered "legendary".
That sounds good at least. Although it sounds like a BMW. In fact, close your eyes and all you hear is a BMW I6 noise. It's not a bad thing, per se, but maybe Toyota Supra enthusiasts do not want it. Still, it sounds good and sporty, maybe even more sporty than the BMW Z4 M40i.