Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Supra vs. BMW Z4

A Japanese icon takes on its German twin
by Leandre Grecia | Jul 14, 2019
ILLUSTRATION: Teddy Garcia
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We bore witness to the launch of a much-awaited sports car earlier this week: the all-new Toyota Supra. It got a lot of fans excited, but it got us thinking: How will it do against its BMW twin?

Since the Philippine market won’t be seeing the arrival of the four-cylinder Supra, we pit its only available variant against the top-spec BMW Z4. If you read automotive news with any regularity, you know why the iconic Toyota sports car and the BMW roadster are called ‘twins.’

The Z4, which was launched just last month, packs a bit more horsepower than the Supra. The former is capable of producing 340hp, while the latter has 335hp. Torque-wise, both cars max out at 500Nm.

Stare at these two from afar and you’ll realize that they look far from identical on the outside. Naturally the biggest difference is that the Bimmer is a convertible while the other isn’t. Sadly, that doesn’t automatically count as a point for the Z4 since a roadster isn’t always appealing to everyone.

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Besides, that feature might have caused the significant price difference between the two—a P700,000 disparity, to be exact. Despite the hefty P5 million price tag that the Supra already carries, it still costs less than the Z4. 

As for the other specs, you can check them out below for yourself and tell us which of these two-seaters bags the win in this bout. For this comparison we selected the Supra variant with the most colors.

Toyota Supra

BMW Z4

Price (Philippine Peso) 5,050,000 5,790,000
Drive RWD RWD
Seating capacity 2 2
Engine 3.0L 6-cylinder Twin-Scroll turbo
3.0L 6-cylinder TwinPower turbo
Power 335hp 340hp
Torque 500Nm 500Nm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 52 52
Transmission 8-speed AT 8-speeed AT
Paddle Shifters Yes Yes
Wheels 19-inch forged aluminum 19-inch alloy
Tires Front: 255/35 R19; Rear: 275/35 R19
Front: 255/35 R19; Rear: 275/35 R19
Seats Alcantara Vernasca
Roof Non-convertible Convertible soft top
Ignition Push start Push start
Audio System 8.8-inch Widescreen TFT LCD, 12-speaker JBL setup
10.25-inch infotainment display, 12-speaker Harman Kardon speaker setup
Airbags Driver and passenger Driver and passenger
Dimensions (mm) 4,379 x 1,854 x 1,294 4,336 x 1,864 x 1,306
Wheelbase (mm) 2,470 2,469
Curb weight (kg) 1,495 1,610

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