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2020 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

2020 BMW Z4 M40i in Frozen Grey Metallic II paint and Magma Red Vernasca interior
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The 2020 BMW Z4 would likely trail the Porsche 718 Boxster on the track or trail due to its superlative handling, but the inline-6 in the M40i has more snarl than the turbo-4 in the Porsche.

The 2020 Audi TT RS is a 394-horsepower 2.5-liter 5-cylinder–yes, 5–that hits 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, beating all the competitors.

While rumors of the end of the TT run rampant, the Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster and AMG SLC 43 have been officially confirmed to end production with model year 2020.

The SLC trades more on luxurious features and appointments than straight performance, except for the twin-turbo V-6 in the AMG SLC 43.

The Z4 birthed the return of the 2020 Toyota Supra, which is an admirable sports coupe that performs better on twisty roads than a racetrack.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2020 BMW Z4 keeps alive the Sunday drive.
5.6
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class sings a pretty swan song—and you can hear it even when the top’s down.
5.8
With the 2020 Supra, Toyota doesn’t disappoint. The new Supra has agile moves, ready inline-6 power, and loads of racetrack or autocross fun.
6.0
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 keeps the crown of “affordable and fun” with a more potent engine this year.
7.2
The 2019 Porsche 718 may never be the champion of the automaker’s lineup, but it’s a champ everywhere else.
MSRP From    
$49,700$49,950$49,990$25,730$59,000
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
sDrive30i RoadsterSLC 300 Roadster3.0 Automatic (GS)Sport AutomaticCoupe
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22222
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
RoadsterRoadsterCoupeConvertibleCoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2020 BMW Z4 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC Class2020 BMW Z4 vs. 2020 Toyota Supra2020 BMW Z4 vs. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata2020 BMW Z4 vs. 2019 Porsche 718