Behold: all five generations of Toyota Supra

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Still, new information keeps on trickling out and the latest in the info stream is the face that the Supra will be gaining an entry-level model with a BMW-sourced turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Toyota's all-new Supra is easily 2018's most anticipated vehicle.

Speaking to the website at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed that the four-cylinder version will join the line-up, adding that it will be lighter than the six-cylinder version and offer a sharper-feeling turn-in thanks to "much better weight distribution". BMW and Toyota are jointly developing the auto, and we expect a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.

The ZF document also suggests BMW's new Z4, which shares its platform with the Supra, would see the same engine options, except that it'd also get a higher-horsepower trim of the 3.0-litre straight-six turning out 375 horsepower.

As the new Supra's chassis was a joint project between Toyota and BMW, the Supra will carry two different BMW engines. All mentioned variants will be mated to ZF's eight-speed autobox, of course.

Toyota has said little about the six-cylinder powerplant set to live under the hood of its much-hyped new sports vehicle, but had said absolutely nothing about a four-cylinder until Road & Track confronted them about it. "It will be much cheaper", he said. Six-cylinder grunt, or four-cylinder agility?