Toyota Supra Vs. BMW Z4 M40i Comparison Tries To Settle The Discussion For Good

Leaving aside discussions or rather, criticism about the Toyota Supra being nothing more than a retuned, rebadged and repackaged BMW Z4, the Japanese coupe has proven to be quite a revelation in reviews including our own.

But what is the Supra like to drive when compared with its platform sibling, the BMW Z4? The guys from Throttle House wanted to find out and reviewed the two sports cars in detail to see which is the one to have.

Obviously, they did not choose any Z4 for the job and went for the range-topping M40i version which uses the same 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six as the Supra. Despite the difference in power (the North American-market BMW has 47 horsepower more than the Toyota), the cars feel equally agile and fast. Actually, the Supra beat the Z4 in the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) tests, albeit by a tiny margin.

Also watch: 2020 Toyota Supra Easily Outpaces BMW Z4 M40i

The Toyota also has the edge over the BMW when it comes to driver engagement: the exhaust sound is more exciting and loud, and the added stiffness of the coupe body style makes it a bit more agile and lively in corners. The BMW Z4 M40i is more of grand tourer type of vehicle and it does that really well for a roadster. It also has a better, more modern interior — and less claustrophobic too, even with the roof up.

Unfortunately, the video does not feature the two sports car on the track but driving them on public roads was enough for the reviewers to reach an unanimous conclusion. Head over to the video to find out which car is the winner.


  • Six_Tymes

    “Tries To Settle The Discussion”

    Which is the ugliest? Seriously, how can anyone approve either designs. Be honest, didn’t you expect better from both car manufactures? I certainly did.

    • yonceous

      the bmw is beautiful fym

      • Six_Tymes

        the bmw is nicer looking of the two, that ill agree on. assuming you are a big bmw fan, didn’t you expect more for this generation Z4? I think they fell short. but who knows, maybe an M version might spice things up as needed.

    • ErnieB

      I’d like the BMW more if it were s coupe.. oh wait.. lol

  • TheBelltower

    These guys are fantastic.

  • yonceous

    the bmw simply because it’s the same car but the bmw is more luxurious and better styled

  • SgtBeavis

    I’m not gonna hate on either car but I wouldn’t give either the time of day in a world where the Corvette C8 exists for a little more than $10K over the starting price of these two.

    These cars just seem irrelevant to me now.

    • SteersUright

      Nailed it. C8 just rewrote the book.

  • Paulbe

    They’re both kind of hot, and so are the cars.

  • The front license plate on the Supra looks outta place..

  • kulak

    Not sure which one is less ugly.

  • SteersUright

    Like Toyota’s prior experiment and twins, these are going to be DOA. They aren’t a great value, just a decent one (Supra). They aren’t beautiful which is an absolute must for what amounts to an expensive toy. They don’t have strong personalities, distinguishing characteristics, no wow factors, nothing sexy. Just solid and decent, the both of them. Decent sells midsize sedans, not $50-$70k sports cars.

  • 31/12/2999

    Let’s wait for the Supra TRD+

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