New Toyota Supra And BMW Z4 To Offer Distinct Driving Experiences

Toyota says the upcoming Supra and new BMW Z4 will drive very differently and that a hardcore GRMN of the Japanese sports car is a possibility.

In recent months, both Toyota and BMW have made clear that the Supra and Z4 duo won’t be like the 86 and Subaru BRZ twins. Instead, they will target separate markets, be priced differently and each shall pursue its own, distinct philosophy.

During a recent interview with Motoring Research, Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed that the driving experience offered by the pair will also be unique.

“Each company defined what we wanted and went from there. Both cars have completely different suspension and software calibration, for example.”

What’s more, Tada said that the new Supra will be a sports car in the truest sense of the word and that “practicality and comfort were almost not considered.” That’s good news for driving enthusiasts, who have held the nameplate in great esteem thanks, in great part, to its fourth generation that was produced from 1993 to 2002.

Quizzed about a Supra GRMN, Tada smiled and indicated that it is a possibility: “I would like to see something like that eventually. We are preparing for it”. 

While Toyota and BMW have yet to release powertrains details about the Supra and Z4, our sources suggest that the Supra will get a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topping Z4 is set to receive a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 380 hp.

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  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    I ain’t smelling what they’re baking, yo. They’ve been talking about this car for years… but so far, I ain’t seen sh#@!!!

  • jaykit

    How about just deliver something already.

  • LJ

    Haven’t even seen it yet and the car already looks dated.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I’ve seen this picture so much, I’m thinking that this is what the finished car looks like.

  • eb110americana

    I’m still not buying that the $63K hardcore sportscar on which “practicality and comfort were almost not considered,” gets 335 HP and the $50K luxury convertible gets 380 HP. I expect closer to 400 for the Supra.

    • MarkoS

      Too much emphasis on HP these days, I prefer to see them doing more with less.

      • Honda NSX-R

        But hopefully it’s light too

    • Honda NSX-R

      So the BMW Z4 M40i is going to be $50,000 while the Supra is going to be the $63,000? That sounds like bullshit (I’m referring to the Z4)

      • eb110americana

        What do you think it will cost? Remember that the Z4 has to span multiple levels, but near as I can tell, that is about what a current Z4 with the full turbo i6 engine starts at. The new model will surely have more technology and more exotic materials, but it is also ditching the expensive folding hardtop mechanism for a soft top, so I expect it to stay close to current pricing.

        • Honda NSX-R

          What you’re saying might be right. but I still don’t get why the Supra has such a price hike over the comparable BMW roadster. Wouldn’t it make sense if the two cars at least costed the same?

  • Mill0048

    Each new report about the Supra is just another let down. Things looked so positive in the beginning, but now I can care less if it makes it to market.

    • javier

      yea 400 and it would have some cred, now just seems like warmed over last gen z4

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    One has infinite headroom and the other doesn’t. There’s your distinct driving experience.

    • LeStori

      One has sunburn experience built in for my neck-of-the-woods, combined with a good dose of skin cancer thrown in for free.

      • Alfa Giulia QV

        Well, I guess if you’re buying a convertible a bottle of sunscreen should be included.

  • Honda NSX-R

    How many times has this been said?

    • Mike anonymous

      I was about to comment the exact same thing just now. I feel as though this is the 4th time I’ve heard this same report.

      It’s as though they want to keep reminding us how different they will be, because in reality they likely will be (and sadly) not all that different. Toyota had the chance to give us a real (wider, longer,.. over all bigger & better) true GT vehicle, and instead we’re getting slightly rebranded (different sheet metal) Z4.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    so in canada they gonna start at 70 to 80k😫

  • ErnieB

    Another article of an already irrelevant car..

  • Bo Hanan

    The difference will be one is a coupe the other is a convertible.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Just unveil the damn thing already Toyota! How much longer will it take for you busy workaholics to develop it?

    To think over 6 years wasn’t enough…

  • Didn’t we heard this news like few months ago?

  • JBsC6

    Anticipation or boredom

  • OSM CHAÎNE

    No more details show this f**king car

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