A twin brother was born a few hours ago at the Detroit Auto Show. Although there were several months between the births, the new Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4 G29 are clearly technology twins. Most of the cornerstones are shared by the sporty two-seater, the biggest difference is the roof concept: while the Z4, as a genuine roadster, has a fabric top, the Supra is closed all year round and equipped with a conventional metal roof. Apart from that, however, the similarities under the sheet metal dominate, even if, as promised, both vehicles offer a very unique design.

Like the Munich relatives, the Supra, developed by BMW in Munich, relies on balanced weight distribution, rear-wheel drive and an extremely low center of gravity. The engines also come directly from BMW, which is why the various performance levels of the Supra offer the same performance values ​​as the corresponding Z4 models. So it starts with two four-cylinder engines that offer either 197 or 258 hp on par with the Z4 sDrive20i or Z4 sDrive30i. The top model is the M40i equivalent called GR Supra 3.0, which gets the rear wheels moving with 340 hp and 500 Newton meters of torque.

Twins in the picture comparison: Toyota Supra meets BMW Z4 G29

On the fourth day of the Dakar Rally 2013, the Speedbrain team celebrated their second day’s victory: Joan Barreda on his Husqvarna TE449RR was unbeatable again and won the stage with an over eight minute lead over his closest rival. Since things didn’t go as well for Barreda every day as they did today, the Spaniard is 5.38 minutes behind in the overall standings and is fourth. With similarly strong performances, however, anything is still possible.

For the Monster Energy Team X-Raid, too, the fourth day went largely well: Overall leader Stephane Peterhansel finished third in his MINI ALL4 Racing and was able to defend his lead in the overall standings. Nani Roma and Leonid also drove Novitskiy on ranks 5 and 6. Nasser Al-Attiyah again secured the day’s victory, who is now only 5.16 minutes behind Peterhansel in the overall standings.

Dakar 2013: Barreda with victory of the day, Peterhansel defends the lead

On the penultimate day of the Dakar Rally 2013, MINI driver Stephane Peterhansel was able to avoid all major problems. The Frenchman is therefore still on course for his eleventh overall victory in a Dakar Rally and almost only has to cross the finish line on the last stage. However, the man who has been competing in the Dakar since 1988 also knows that he has not yet crossed the finish line — Peterhansel has already lost a Dakar victory twice on the last stage.

On the penultimate stage, Peterhansel had his team-mate Nani Roma at his side, because the Spaniard drove the entire stage behind the Frenchman in order to be able to provide help if the worst came to the worst. Neither of them had a chance of winning the day and crossed the finish line in ninth and eleven, but this tactic is more than understandable when looking at the overall standings. The best X-Raid vehicle was the BMW X3 CC with Orlando Terranova at the wheel, who finished in third place.

Dakar 2013: Peterhansel 45 minutes ahead of last day