Watch 2020 Toyota Supra Easily Outpace A BMW Z4 M40i

The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 M40i are in essence, sister models sharing a platform, powertrain, and many other components, so one would think they would be very eventually matched from a performance standpoint. To see if this is indeed the case, CarWow lined up the two for a series of tests.

As this comparison was conducted in the UK, the BMW Z4 M40i featured is the Euro-spec car. This is important because according to BMW, its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine pumps out 335 hp, a substantial 47 hp less than the U.S.-spec Z4 M40i. The Toyota Supra, in both the U.S. and European markets, provides an identical 335 hp thanks to the same engine.

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With this in mind, you’d expect the two to be side-by-side in a drag race. However, it was the Supra which easily outpaced the BMW in a straight line.

In two standing-start drag races with launch control enabled, it was the Japanese sports car which easily put down its German sibling on both occasions. We suspect this is because the Z4 M40i in European-spec actually pumps out about 335 hp like BMW claims. By comparison, the Supra has been shown to have substantially more power than Toyota claims, perhaps near the level of the U.S.-spec Z4 M40i with its 382 hp.

The Supra’s clear power advantage is made especially clear in a rolling race where the Supra easily edges ahead of the BMW and continues to run away from the droptop. The Supra didn’t have everything go its way, however, and was beaten in a braking test from 70 mph (112 km/h).


  • Bash

    Well it’s lighter.

    • Ben

      By only 60lbs…

      BMW Z4 M40i = 3,457lbs
      Supra = 3,397lbs

      60lbs doesn’t make that much of a gap, unless ALL of the weight was inside the wheels of the BMW.

      • Fled

        Thats like me blaming my 6yo for losing a friendly highway pull

  • Ben

    I sent the video in as a tip two days ago. I also noted the 12 second quarter mile time the Supra put up is the same as what Porsche claims the 2020 911 Carrera S will post, which Motor Trend revealed by Porsche’s official presskit.

    When a 335hp Toyota Supra is matching the same quarter mile time as a 443hp 911, somebody is lying big time. Either the Porsche can do it much faster or the Toyota makes a ton more power than advertised (which we already know). It is clear that Toyota did more than look over the B58 for reliability sake.

  • Liam Paul

    It also outpaces the BMW for being far less of an attractive looking car.

    • ctk4949

      Nah, I think the Supra looks nicer than the Z4.

    • no25

      youre such an annoying troll. we get it you don’t like toyota. youre not funny. youre not gaining anyone’s approval. go do something with your life.

    • Bob

      Lord no, this new Z4 looks like it practiced being ugly.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    One of these things is not like the other.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    “bUT thE nEW sUpRA iS A rEBAdged z4”

  • getoffme

    Oh look, the haters are running out of excuses and things to say.

  • Da Only Skid

    Shady, 1 v 1. No worries. Truth is the new Sup won’t ever amount to the last. When my mother died the Supra was my dream car. Inheritance didn’t happen but nonetheless she had an 80 celica. Any and FJ40, mustard yellow with white rally wheels. This car is nothing like the others. In my minds eye, never will be. Toyota should grow up or shut up.

    • Ben

      They’re honestly two different vehicles. I think most who have a rose colored vision of the MK4 Supra didn’t drive it stock. Considering how expensive it was and how much bigger it is than the current Supra, you can’t really compare the two. They’re different vehicles, clearly.

  • Well, one important question is, are both of those cars press cars?

  • SteersUright

    Hmmm…Supra getting more desirable by the day.

  • vanquishvantage

    That quarter mile time puts it in some strong company for sure alot of which are more expensive. It’s pretty amazing it’s like an updated Z4 M coupe hopefully they make a version above this one I could see it hitting mid 11s and mid 3 to 60

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