Toyota GR Supra Gets Side-by-Side Comparison With BMW Z4 M40i in Japan

Toyota GR Supra Gets Side-by-Side Comparison With BMW Z4 M40i in Japan 1 photo
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We all love to praise lightweight sports cars with powerful engines and sexy lines. Yet we can't deal with the fact that they aren't perfect.
Just days after being released, the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 were already being criticized. The biggest problem? The fact that they're related. Somehow, Toyotas was bringing BMW down and vice-versa.

But at the end of the day, neither company was willing to develop something alone. At the end of the day, we all talk about the Z4 but lease the X4. That's why Toyota gave up on the Supra many years ago and never looked back.

As you're probably aware, these two have quite a lot in common, not just a platform. The GR Supra is powered by the same engine as the Z4 M40i, a BMW inline-6 with a turbo. In America, there's about 40 horsepower between them, though it doesn't apply to all markets, which is probably why this review doesn't mention it.

It's from Japan, and the language barrier stood in our way. But according to this well-spoken fellow, there are some key differences. The Supra is apparently easier to manage on the edge when you want to drift it while the Z4 is less communicative before it breaks traction. Damping is also done differently.

If you ignore the sounds proofing, the two sound almost the same. It's worth noting that both the Supra and Z4 are also available with two more 2-liter engines. As for the interior, it's hard to look past all those German buttons and switches. But considering how bad Toyota navigation is, it's probably for the best.

Toyota will tell you that their interpretation of the sports car is unique, and that's certainly true from the outside. This over-the-top body has received a lot of criticism, but it's not that bad in person. The only issue we have is with the pointless and fake air scoops on the doors.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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