By now, it’s no secret that BMW and Toyota have joined forces on a joint sports car venture. The fruits of that new partnership are the new BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra, two cars that are supposed to revive each nameplate. Both cars will, naturally, be compared to one another in the coming years. However, according to Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer for the Toyota GT86 and upcoming Supra, will feel considerably different than the Z4.
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“Each company defined what we wanted and went from there. Both cars have completely different suspension and software calibration, for example.”
From what we’ve heard of pre-production drives for the Z4, it’s a great little sports car and puts the Z4 back in the conversation among the world’s best roadsters. So we’re genuinely curious as to what the Supra will do to differentiate itself from the Z4. Especially considering that Tada claims the Supra will “be a pure sports car.”
The new BMW Z4, is set to be a pure sports car in itself, just a topless one. And nothing we’ve heard or read about the way it drives seems to indicate otherwise. So we wonder how the Supra will stand out from the Z4. Will it be even sharper, even more dynamic? Will it be faster, stiffer and more hardcore? Or will it be more pure, offer more feel and feedback? It’s going to be incredibly interesting to see how these two cars differ from one another.
Despite being BMW fans, we’re incredibly excited to test the new Supra. Not only is it part BMW, with it sharing its chassis, engines and technology with the Z4, but it’s the latest in a long line of excellent sports cars with the Supra nameplate. It should be an exciting and thrilling sports car. Everything we’ve heard about it sounds fantastic and we can’t wait to get our hands on both the Z4 and Supra.