What do you expect when you hear the name Supra? You expect a sports car with an evergreen design and a highly customizable engine. After 17 long years, Toyota has revived the Supra back from its ashes, but has the fifth generation Supra done justice to its name? Likewise, BMW’s third generation Z4 (G29) has been launched which marks the return of the soft-top roof as opposed to its predecessor. And we are going to set the G29 side by side with the New Supra (A90). Why? Here comes the twist, both the sports cars have the same engine.
Toyota Supra was done for good as Toyota had no plans on getting it back anytime soon until BMW came into the picture and it was finally decided that Supra would have a new heart sourced from Germany. The popular 3.0-litre 2JZ-GE engine is known for its tuning capabilities instead of developing the 2JZ-GE engine and coming up with an upgraded version of it, Toyota decided to go the BMW way. Well, the 2019 Toyota Supra has BMW B58B30 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six engine that produces 335 horses of power and 495Nm of torque. This is the same engine 2019 BMW Z4 vs 2020 Toyota Supra which is used in BMW’s Z4 M40i but produces 47 horses more than the new Supra and peak torque at 500Nm. Apart from the 3.0-litre engine, the Z4 has one more engine option of 2.0-litre which is an inline-four turbocharged B48B20 engine that will only be offered in Z4’s sDrive20i and sDrive 30i variants.
The BMW Z4 Roadster is a two-door coupe with black soft-top and a clamshell bonnet design, double kidney grille which for a change looks much better than the huge grilles that they have introduced on the newer generation of Beemers. Whereas, the 2020 Supra has been revamped into a sleek looking sports car which has a shorter wheelbase and length than its predecessor, the A80. It has a hint of the old school Toyota 2000 GT design with a double-bubble roof design which Toyota claims that it reduces drag by shaving the roof centre to reduce the projected frontal area without sacrificing occupant headroom. Designs can be subjective as both the sports car manufacturers have taken design cues from its past, but personally, the Z4 would be my pick if I had to choose between the two.
The 2020 Supra can hit the 0 to 100 km/h mark in 4.1 seconds and the Z4 Roadster reaches the 100 km/h mark in 4.6 seconds, a whole five tenths slower than the Supra in the straights. However, the electronically limited top speed for the 2020 Supra is 155 mph (241 km/h). Both these cars have low seating positions and offer 50:50 weight distribution as there are similarities in their production because they are developed on the same platform. All of that weight distribution should result in better handling. The 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster has a premium amount tag on it with the M40i priced at $63,700 in the U.S. as compared to the souped-up 2020 Toyota Supra which retails for $55,250 that includes additional features. In India, the Roadster is retailing for `78.90 lakh (ex-showroom) but the Supra isn’t going to make its way to India. Alas! The Supra and the Z4 are level on a lot of terms and their differences are honestly insignificant. The only option lies for the buyers to choose between is the badging. If the Supra has been your childhood dream car, which without a doubt for many who have grown up watching the Fast and the Furious franchise, will be the one to choose. The Z4 Roadster marks German excellence and if you like the roadster look more than the coupe, the sDrive M40i should be the one for you.