View Full Version : Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

01-20-2019, 10:42 AM

Engineers did their best to avoid overlapping in key areas like handling and performance, but the two cars inevitably rub shoulders. Confused? Read on to find out how the Z4 and the Supra are similar, and how they’re different.

BMW will ultimately offer two variants of the Z4 named sDrive30i and M40i, respectively. The sDrive30i occupies the bottom rung in the Z4 hierarchy with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The more expensive M40i variant benefits from a turbocharged, 3.0-liter straight-six that provides 382 hp and 269 lb-ft. of torque. Both engines spin the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW doesn’t plan on making a manual gearbox available, and it won’t release a full-blown, M-tuned version of the Z4.

At launch, the Supra’s only available engine will be a variant of the Z4’s turbocharged, 3.0-liter six tuned to send 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels through the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the Z4. Neither company has explained the nearly 50-horse gap. Though Toyota hasn’t confirmed additional engine options for the American market, unconfirmed rumors indicate the lineup will grow sooner or later with the addition of a gasoline-electric hybrid model. The Supra could get a manual transmission, too, but Toyota confirmed the four-cylinder engine offered on the Japanese market won’t make the trip across the Pacific.

The four- and six-cylinder versions of the Z4 take 5.2 and 3.9 seconds, respectively, to reach 60 miles per hour from a stop. Toyota claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds. Realistically, motorists won’t notice the three-tenth-of-a-second difference between the Supra and the six-cylinder Z4 in real-world conditions. Both cars are electronically limited to 155 mph.

02-06-2019, 08:49 PM
European sites show 3 versions for the new Z4: 20i, 30i, M40i. BMWusa only one (30i). 20i and 30i both have the 2.0L turbo 4-cylinders engine.
No model has manual transmission, unfortunately.
They all offer a "parking assistance" option and my opinion is that whomever needs it on such a car should not be driving anything larger than a supercompact.
Esthetically it looks good, though. I still prefer the Z3 and the old Z4 w/ metal roof, but it is a lot more pleasing to the eye than the soft-top Z4.