2021 Toyota Supra Gets A Four-cylinder And More Power For The Inline-six

2021 Toyota Supra gets a four-cylinder and more power for the inline-six

The 2020 Toyota Supra finally went on sale last year as one of the most controversial new sports cars in a long time. For 2021, Toyota is adding a couple wrinkles to the Supra equation.

The biggest news for the 2021 Toyota Supra is the arrival of a turbocharged four-cylinder model called Supra 2.0. Instead of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, this Supra is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (sourced from BMW, just like the six). The four-cylinder makes 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and Toyota claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds. This is the same 2.0-liter turbo that's in the BMW Z4 30i.

Six More Infections Confirmed On Cruise Ship

Six more infections confirmed on cruise ship

Japan's health ministry says six more people on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo are infected with the new coronavirus.

The number of cases found on the Diamond Princess has risen to 70, excluding a Hong Kong man who tested positive for the virus after he disembarked.

Six Months Till Tokyo Olympics Kick Off

Six months till Tokyo Olympics kick off

Friday marks six months before the world descends upon Japan for the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a span of 17 days, thousands of athletes will compete in a record 339 events across 33 sports.

Preparations are gaining momentum. The new National stadium officially opened on New Year's day. Built inside Tokyo's urban greenbelt, it's earned the nickname "the stadium in the forest."

Renault Shares Hit Six-year Low On Rumors Of Nissan Split

Renault shares hit six-year low on rumors of Nissan split

LONDON — Renault shares hit six-year lows on Monday after a media report that Nissan has accelerated secret contingency planning for a potential split from the French carmaker, the latest sign that the downfall of former boss Carlos Ghosn is roiling the 20-year alliance. At 1027 GMT, the shares were down 3.7%, languishing at the bottom of Paris' CAC 40 and the pan European STOXX 600 index. The plans include war-gaming a total split in engineering and manufacturing, as well as changes to Nissan's board, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Sunday citing several sources. Nissan's contingency planning has ramped up since the dramatic escape of Ghosn, the former head of the Renault-Nissan  alliance, from Japan in late December, it said. The tie-up has been in management turmoil since Ghosn's arrest in Tokyo in November 2018 on allegations of financial misconduct, which he denies. He was awaiting trial in Japan when he fled to Lebanon. "We firmly believe the relationship between (Renault and Nissan) and hence the Alliance is broken and is likely beyond the point of repair," Evercore ISI analysts Arndt Elinghorst and Chris McNally wrote in a note on Monday. They have an 'underperform' rating on the French car company. Renault was not available for immediate comment.

Are Toyota And Lexus Planning To Use Mazda's Straight-six And New Platform?

Are Toyota and Lexus planning to use Mazda's straight-six and new platform?

Japan's Best Car magazine has what appears to be a whopper of a rumor. The mag said it scooped Mazda's development of a straight-six engine that Mazda only revealed in March, the carmaker having buried the information in a financial statement. By way of Lexus Enthusiast and according to Google translate, Best Car writes that as it was speaking to a Toyota source on an unrelated matter, the magazine found out that Mazda's work on the straight-six was predicated on the engine's use in Toyota Group vehicles, which includes Lexus.

Here's the account of how the engine and Mazda's coming front-engined rear-drive platform, dubbed "Large Architecture," will make their way to Toyota City:

Mazda Is Developing Gas And Diesel Inline-six Engines

Mazda is developing gas and diesel inline-six engines

Once the favored engine configuration for luxury and high-performance cars, the inline-six suffered a bit when the transverse (east-west) engine configuration became popular during the shift to front-wheel drive cars. The packaging benefits are obvious – no driveshaft or transmission intruding on passenger space or rear differential on cargo volume, plus turning the engine 90 degrees meant the front of the car could be shorter. But the inline-six is slowly, slowly crawling out of near-obsolescence, notably in Volvo, Jaguar-Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz products. Add Mazda to that mix: An investor report first spotted by Jalopnik and confirmed by Mazda reveals that the company is developing a Skyactiv-X and Skyactiv-D inline-six that will be installed longitudinally (north-south) in a new "Large Architecture" platform.

Before reading any further, let's catch up on the Skyactiv-X and -D technologies. The former basically burns gasoline like diesel, providing some benefits and advantages of both types of combustion - here's an explainer on how that all works. We drove a prototype 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X 4-cylinder engine in a Mazda3 mule, too. And the Skyactiv-D series of engines is a comparatively typical turbodiesel. Mazda has a 2.2-liter turbodiesel inline-4 that has had a long and convoluted development and certification process, but is finally showing up in the 2019 CX-5.

Six Names To Choose From, Half Based On Ancient Japanese Texts

Six names to choose from, half based on ancient Japanese texts

Members of a special panel considering the name of a new imperial era had six choices before them, three of which were rooted in ancient Japanese texts.

Despite the lack of official disclosure on the number of candidate names or what they were, several government sources revealed April 1 that six in total were presented.

Nissan Puts Legendary Rb26 Inline-six Engine Back Into Production

Nissan puts legendary RB26 inline-six engine back into production

One of the most difficult challenges for classic car enthusiasts is limited parts availability. But recently, that's become less of a problem for those restoring past iterations of Nissan's legendary Skyline models.

Just last year, Nissan scored positively among enthusiasts after its Nismo performance division said it would begin reproducing parts for some heritage models. Now, to the further delight of many Nissan lovers, Nismo just announced it will be expanding its heritage parts support even further by putting its legendary RB26 inline six back into production.

Six Members To Leave Ebisu Muscats

Six members to leave Ebisu Muscats

Ebisu Muscats will hold a live called 'Fuyu no Sotsugyoushiki ~Ittokukedo Watashitachi Zutto Muscats Sukidakara SP~' on December 15 at Stella Ball in Tokyo. 

The following six members will graduate after this live: Kamisaki Shiori, Kogawa Iori, Su-bu, Tamori Misaki, Natsume Hanami, and Minato Riku. A total of 37 members are scheduled to perform at this concert to see off the graduating members.