The BMW Z4 and Toyota GR Supra may share many fundamental elements, but the two sports cars have entirely different audiences they cater to. But which of these cars sold the most units at the end of July 2019?
The Z4 launched a couple of months before the GR Supra, found favour with 13 new owners, while the GR Supra managed to attract the signatures of 26 eager buyers. Given that both cars utilise BMW’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, the GR Supra got the Z4’s number – the car it is essentially based on.
The turbocharged engine that drives both cars develops 250kW and 500Nm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Z4 clears the 0 – 100km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds versus the GR Supra’s 4.3sec. Both cars are electronically limited to a 250km/h top speed.
Models and price
The Toyota GR Supra range comprises of two models: the GR Supra 3.0T Track and GR Supra 3.0T. The Track retails for R935 000, while the other has a price tag of R1 072 300. The Track is slightly more rough around the edges and has to go about its business with cloth seats that are manually adjustable.
The GR Supra 3.0T justifies its price with seats that feature Suede-Cloth upholstery, electric adjustment, heat function, and electric lumbar support. This model also has head-up display, park distance control, lane departure warning, headlights that turn with the steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, adaptive sports suspension, and ISOFIX child seat mountings on the passenger seat.
The Z4 range consists of four models, comprising the aforementioned 3.0-litre engine, as well as a turbocharged 2.0-litre motor that develops 145kW and 320Nm. Drive is also sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The range retails between R759 442 and R1 170 799, and all the models are convertibles. (The GR Supra is only available with a hardtop).
As is to be expected from German cars, the list of optional extras can be quite lengthy, but the entire Z4 range is fitted with cruise control, auto wipers, leather upholstery, tyre pressure monitor, and satellite navigation.