It seems we can’t go a day without some sort of BMW/Toyota Supra news. Which isn’t surprising, if we’re honest. The Supra is one of the most iconic sports cars in history, so now that it’s out fans can’t seem to get enough and publications can’t stop writing about it. One of the most recent bits of Supra news includes a new owner swapping out its Toyota badges with BMW ones.
By now, you likely know that the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra are both built off of the same joint architecture, so they’re mechanical twins, so to speak. Each brand talks about being the one that did all the heavy lifting on the development of this architecture but it’s BMW that’s largely considered to have done most of the work. Which is why this owner bought a Supra and slapped BMW badges on it.
While the Toyota Supra looks unmistakably Japanese, the engine, gearbox, interior technology and most of the interior design are all BMW-sourced. From what we’ve read and heard, the Supra borrows mostly BMW gear but was then tuned differently from its Z4 M40i sibling. For instance, the two cars have the same steering rack but the Supra’s feels a bit different.
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However, the two cars are close enough that slapping BMW badges on the car makes a bit of sense. It makes even more sense when you see that the owner has other BMWs as well. It’s also kind of funny in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. Though, the Toyota Supra isn’t exactly a badge-engineered BMW, so it’s not like slapping a Chevy badge on an Escalade, which is more appropriate. Especially when the Supra looks so Japanese and different from any BMW product.
Jokes aside, the Supra is an awesome car and, as a BMW enthusiast, it’s great to have it related to the Bavarian brand.