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.
Just like the exterior, the interior is also quite independent. Although the shape and position of some controls were more or less directly adopted by BMW, the Supra maintains its own appearance that is clearly different from the Z4. The displays of the displays also reveal a certain relationship without looking like a copy. While the speedometer and infotainment display in the Z4 each measure 10.25 inches, Supra drivers have to be content with 8.8 inches in both cases. A head-up display is optionally available for both models.
It is no surprise that the new Supra, like the BMW Z4 G29, is built at Magna Steyr in Graz. In Germany, the first Toyota Supra of the new generation are to be delivered in late summer 2019, the prices for the 340 PS strong and limited to 90 units A90 edition model at market launch start at 62,900 euros. This price includes, among other things, a matt gray paintwork, red leather interior and the premium package. The technically largely identical BMW Z4 M40i Roadster is available at prices from 63,750 euros.
Our image comparison shows how different the design of the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 is despite all the technical similarities: