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.