2020 Toyota Supra vs. 2019 BMW Z4 Comparison
2020 Toyota Supra
Starting Price: $49,990 | Read Supra Review
Above Average: Fun to drive; great power and chassis; super-comfortable 14-way-adjustable seats; short wheelbase means sharp handling
Below Average: No manual transmission offered; polarizing styling
Consensus: With the last generation bowing out after the 1998 model year, the Toyota Supra has returned, this time as a 2020 model that’s largely based on the underpinnings of the BMW Z4. What that means is a 335-horsepower sports car with a tight suspension, great handling, and powerful brakes. Given its commitment as a sports car, that also means there are only 10.2 cubic feet of space in the trunk and only two seats. But it’s a blast to drive on both the road and the track.
2019 BMW Z4
Starting Price: $49,700 | Read Z4 Review
Above Average: Perfect 50/50 weight distribution; great handling; good low-end power; comfortable and luxurious interior
Below Average: Two seats only; small trunk; soft-top convertible only, expensive with options
Consensus: Now in its sixth generation, BMW’s sporty little roadster is imbued with a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution and a spunky little turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that makes great low-end torque to power it through corners. The Z4 is fun to drive and sharp looking throughout, with a comfortable interior. The former folding hardtop has been replaced with a folding soft top that can be lowered in 10 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The soft top also allows for more trunk space, lower weight, and a lighter center of gravity. The 2019 BMW Z4 only seats two, and that trunk still doesn’t carry much in the way of cargo.
As the roads become more crowded with crossovers and trucks, it’s still good to know that there’s a market for a 2-seat sports car, with the BMW Z4 now in its sixth generation joined by the reborn (after 20 years) Toyota Supra. These cars are quite similar, having been designed with nearly identical underpinnings, but beyond that, there are a few key differences between the 2019 BMW Z4 and the 2020 Toyota Supra. First and foremost, the Supra is only offered as a hardtop coupe, and the BMW Z4 is only offered as a soft-top convertible. While the Supra comes with an inline 6-cylinder engine, the base in the Z4 is only a 4-cylinder. However, there is an M version of the Z4 with a powerful turbocharged 6-cylinder coming as a 2020, but it’s quite a bit more expensive. They both start just under $50,000 and are both enormously fun to drive, with torquey turbocharged engines and low-slung bodies that are fun to sling through corners. Being sports cars, they are both low on trunk space, however, and come with only two seats.
Tidy 2-seat layouts; nearly identical underpinnings; rear-wheel drive; nearly identical starting prices; neither is offered with a manual transmission.
Toyota Supra Advantages
Hardtop only; more power, Toyota quality
BMW Z4 Advantages
Convertible; 50/50 weight distribution; better fuel economy; optional M model with a turbocharged 6-cylinder
As these two cars are designed on essentially the same chassis, there isn’t much to distinguish them, but they are significant regardless. The 2020 Toyota Supra is only a hardtop coupe, so if you need a convertible, then the 2019 BMW Z4 is the only choice. Other than that, it’s hard to make the case for the BMW, since a primary component of a sports car is power. The entry-level Z4 is nice and torquey with its turbocharged 4-cylinder, but it’s significantly down on power to the Supra’s turbo six, and a comparable Z4 costs nearly $14,000 more. If you don’t need the wind in your hair, then the Supra’s the clear choice here.
While we wait for the new Supra to show up, shop now for a BMW Z4 near you!
|2020 Toyota Supra||2019 BMW Z4|
|Engine||3.0-liter turbp I6||2.0-liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||335 hp @ 5,000 rpm||255 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||365 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||295 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 8-Spd||Automatic, 8-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||24 mpg (26 city/24 hwy)||28 mpg (25 city/32 hwy)|
|Also Available||3.0-liter turbo I6|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||4 years or 50,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||2||2|
|Wheelbase||97.2 inches||97.2 inches|
|Overall Length||172.5 inches||170.7 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||73.4 inches|
|Height||50.9 inches||51.4 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.1 feet||n/a|
|Headroom, Front||38.3 inches||38.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.2 inches||42.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||54.4 inches||54.3 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||50.9 cu. ft.||n/a|
|EPA Cargo Volume||10.2 cu. ft.||9.9 cu. ft.|