Lexus Exec Hints New 2-Liter Turbo Has More Torque Than Equivalent BMW Engine

Lexus engineers are currently working on a brand new 2-liter turbo petrol engine, the first of its kind for the company. It was previewed in the LF-NX concept SUV shown in Tokyo, but never fully detailed. The Japanese automaker has never had a high output small unit available, so everybody is curious what the specs on that unit are.
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We know it will have a twin-scroll turbo and direct injection, but we didn't even know if it would pass the 200 HP mark. Speaking to Teru Ogawa, Lexus' manager of product design, said "yes" when asked if the new turbo will have more torque than BMW's equivalent 2-liter turbo and will be comparable to the 3.5-liter V6 Lexus uses. That means we should have about 350 to 380 Nm of torque, which definitely sounds like something a 220+ HP engine would put down.

Ogawa also said that the Japanese company is also thinking about both larger and smaller capacity turbo engines in the near future.

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