Z4 and Supra, A New Era of Sports Performance by BMW and Toyota
Together, BMW and Toyota aren’t only reintroducing BMW’s Z4, but Toyota’s fabled Supra will be also making a return after a 16-year hiatus. Toyota’s new Supra will be a closed- top coupe and come January 2019, the Supra will return at the North American International Auto Show in Detriot. This collaboration was first announced in 2012 as part of a technology sharing agreement that included joint development collaboration on a fuel cell powertrain and lightweight technology. After years of relative silence, more information has finally surfaced, and for anyone with even a remote interest in sports cars, it’s huge.
The Z4’s specs
Though we’ve already taken a look at the stunning first edition Z4, two options will be available for the open top Z4 roadster. The beefy M40i model with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, which produces 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and a 30i model with BMW’s latest turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, which makes 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Potential Supra’s specs
The new Supra is poised to directly share the same engines as the Z4, the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four look to both be available. With a final curb weight estimated to be 3,300 pounds, the Supra should be good for over 300 horses. While both engines will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, fanatics patiently await the announcement of a manual option.
Supra’s Legacy in Pop-Culture
Toyota’s Supra gained a cult following from not only a four generation run of more than twenty years, but largely by becoming a pop-culture icon, appearing in numerous popular racing game franchises, Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Need For Speed, and also taking center stage in the original Fast and the Furious movie.
For those not familiar with the Fast and the Furious, a totalled Supra makes its way into Dominic’s garage (played by Vin Diesel). His team tweaks it into a street-ready orange behemoth that smokes the 355 Ferrari Spyder it races against and also is part of the final race scene, where the modded Supra and a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T jump a set of train tracks, narrowly avoiding an oncoming train.
What to Expect
If you look at Toyota’s other collaboration project with Subaru to create the 86 and the BRZ, you’ll notice those how’re the models are near-identical. Those expecting the same from the Z4 and Supra will in for a pleasant surprise. The 2012 project took as long as it did due to the companies working out their differences, between the philosophies of the companies to the different mentalities of German and Japanese people. Both BMW and Toyota had a clear idea of what they wanted to produce, and though the compromise took time, the final product should be well worth it.