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Drag race: Toyota Supra vs BMW 4 Series M440i

You’ve probably heard the ‘Toyota Supra is actually a BMW’ joke — but is it actually faster than a car straight from the source? It goes toe-to-toe with the BMW M440i here to find out.

If you’ve paid any attention to the latest Toyota Supra, you’ve probably heard the jokes of how it’s just a BMW with a Japanese-styled bodykit. Almost as if someone put wasabi on some currywurst.

That’s true to an extent — the engine, some interior bits and most of the suspension have BMW roots — but there’s still some unique Toyota flavour to this much-hyped sports car.

The Toyota Supra’s closest BMW relation is the Z4, but what if you’re after a hard-top Coupe from the Bavarian brand? Well, look no further than the BMW M440i.

It’s not quite a ground-up sports car in the way the Toyota Supra is, but it does use the same 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox as the German-Japanese concoction.

The M440i’s 374hp engine is a smidge more powerful than the Supra’s 340hp engine, though torque is identical at 500Nm.

The M440i is a bit porkier than the 1,495kg Supra, however, tipping the scales at 1,740kg. Part of that extra weight is the M440i’s all-wheel-drive system that should help it launch more rapidly than the rear-wheel-drive Supra.

Which is better, though? To find out, they’re squaring off against each other in today’s drag race — as well as a rolling race and 0-70mph brake test to determine the winner of this Bavarian-born battle. Think you know which car will win? Watch the video to find out…

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