It’s just recently been announced that the upcoming BMW Z4 will begin production this coming November and it will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. This is exciting news as we’ve heard some very good things about the new Z4, how it brings back the old days of BMW’s best roadsters. It’s also possible that the upcoming Toyota Supra would also be built in Graz, as it shares almost all of its underpinnings with the Z4. Which leads us to our main point.
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The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are basically going to be two different versions of the same car. Both cars are built on the same chassis, both cars will share an engine and transmission and both cars will share the same technology. The biggest differences between the two cars will be that the Supra will be a coupe while the Z4 will be a roadster and they will have different badges. So, the question remains, which one do you buy?
We’ve heard that both the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 M40i will be around the same price, in the low-to-mid $60,000 range. So, at the price point, you’ll have the choice of both and it’s not such an easy choice.
On one hand, the BMW Z4 M40i seems like a bit more car for your money. It will pack BMW’s B58 engine, which is a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6, that will make around 360 hp. It will also get an eight-speed automatic and be rear-wheel drive. It will also be a roadster with a power-folding soft-top roof. So it offers some topless driving and the ability to be a bit more of a stylish cruiser.
On the other hand, you have the Toyota Supra, which will just be a sporty coupe. According to engineers from Toyota, the Supra will feel unique from the Z4, with its own chassis, suspension and steering tuning. So it won’t just feel like a Z4 with Toyota badges. However, we’re assuming the feel to be similar, as they’re based on the same chassis and will share a powertrain. Though, it very well could be a bit sharper, a bit sportier and a bit angrier, so it could be the better sports car but it’s going to be more singular in focus. But it will also have the historic Supra nameplate, which should be a big selling point for customers.
Both of these cars are likely to be very good, judging from what you’re hearing. For customers, it’s likely going to come down to whether or not the customer wants a coupe or roadster. Although, both cars will be so good that it will be genuinely difficult to choose between the two. We can’t wait for both of them to come out and test them back-to-back.