BMW Says The Z4 Will Be “Absolutely Unique” To The New Supra

While the latest-generation BMW Z4 has been developed alongside the new Toyota Supra, the German brand is adamant that the Z4 will be unique to the Supra.

During a recent interview with Car Advice, BMW Group Australia chief executive Marc Werner said both the design and driving characteristics of the Z4 will be vastly different to Toyota’s long-awaited sports car.

“As far as the design is concerned, it will be absolutely unique. Not only in terms of design but how they drive and how they handle. It will be absolutely a unique BMW product, as you would expect,” Werner said.

BMW revealed the new Z4 in concept guise a couple of months ago and it left many flabbergasted by its beauty. Thankfully, recent spy shots show that many of the key design elements of the concept will make their way onto the production car, including similar headlights and taillights.

Underpinning the 2019 Z4 will be the same platform as the Toyota Supra. Engines on offer for the Z4 will include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 194 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and a six-cylinder B58 for the range-topping Z4 M40i. Further down the road, BMW is expected to revive the Z4 M badge.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    Was glad I didn’t read the “H”-word.

  • RDS Alphard

    Which meant the BMW will drive like a dream, while Toyota is just a pile of shit? XD

    • no25

      no it means the BMW will be in the shop while the Toyota will actually last you years “XD LOL HAHAHHA”

      • RDS Alphard

        I don’t dare to say the same with modern Toyota though.

        • no25

          haha ok. that’s why they’re one of the most reliable brands, right? gtfo.

      • Matt

        How will that be possible when they share the same components?

        • Bo Hanan

          In the same way a base Corvette differs from the ZR1 version. The Z4 will be luxury performance. The Supra will be Performance- or at least in the top versions.

          • Matt

            I’m talking about reliability, not differences in driving dynamics.

        • SteersUright

          Yes, Toyota is taking a major risk here. However, maybe Toyota will detune or develop/use their own electronics/software? I doubt it. Perhaps they required greater assurances and reliability measure from BMW before entering in this partnership in which both will benefit? All remains to be seen.

  • pcurve

    I can’t wait to find out if this car has the best of both worlds (fun to drive and reliable) or the worst (dull to drive and unreliable).. tee hee

  • Bash

    Better be!

  • gor134

    2.0 and only 194 hp?

  • Blade t

    Sounds like BMW doesn’t want their model brought down by the Toyota brand….

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Sorry but this is just as weird a pair up as Mazda and Fiat….I personally think it cheapens the BMW brand…but my guess is MOST buyers won’t have a clue.

    • SteersUright

      I actually feel the opposite, it risks damaging Toyota’s hard earned reputation for dogged reliability. BMW cheapened/hurt its own brand imagine already when it went X1, 2-series, and all floaty, bloated, soft sedans, heavy, gas guzzlers, etc. They are so utterly not the brand they used to be.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        I actually kind of agree with you after I think about it but both partnerships are just weird though. And I really hate when manufacturers do this kind of stuff.
        It’s kind of like during an election and candidates are just trashing each other, then after one gets the nomination, they ask the other to be their running mate…it’s like WTH just happened!

        Again, like I’ve said before about execs in the industry…they want buyers to be loyal but they can’t even be loyal to themselves or the company they want us to be loyal to. People buy BMW because it’s a BMW, not because it’s a mish mash of two completely opposite companies engineering skills. The other three brand’s buyers in these scenarios are probably less to worry about it. But like I said, most buyers won’t even know it.

        • Shane

          Exactly why I hate VW owned brands. Spending all the money for an exotic just to have the same power train/ underpinnings as something else.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Well, they are all under VAG like SEAT and Skoda are developed by VW and just re-bodied and re-badged. That’s totally different than say if Nissan came in with VW for the next Jetta/Teledo/Octavia and Nissan launched the same car as their own. Nissan isn’t a VAG brand so that would seem just like these other two joint ventures. Hell GM has been doing badge engineering for decades. It’s brands from competing companies joining together that are just odd and dilute the company’s image and reputation in my book.

          • Shane

            I’m just talking about the high priced cars. Mainly how Audi R8 and Lambo share motor(s). Drives me completely up the wall. Cheaper cars don’t bother me, America has done it for so long with Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, Dodge/Plymouth/Chrysler, and all GM brands. Also Dodge working with Mitsubishi, my first car was a Dodge Stealth RT Tt which was a 3000GT/GTO VR4 with different body.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            It drives me nuts at any level. It’s a cop out, the easy way through…

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        And I hope Porsche is not heading down this same road…so far they are using good judgement and restraint, not trying to hit every market and price point.

  • Benjamin B.

    Toyota will be a hybrid or mild hybrid.

    • SteersUright

      I hope so. That could be very interesting!

  • SteersUright

    Considering it has no fenders, no apparent great design elements, and looks about as bland a shape as can be had for a small, sporty roadster, I’m not holding my breath for this thing. Hopefully the Toyota emerges as more interesting to look at and BMW doesn’t dilute Toyota’s renown reliability given both will use a typically notoriously unreliable BMW powertrain and even more terrifying, perhaps BMW electronics as well.

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