BMW Z4 Concept Shot Revealed Ahead Of Pebble Beach Debut

2017 BMW Z4 Showcased in New Teaser Images

Public display of the concept auto will be held on Thursday, August 17, in the framework of the American contest of elegance Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance. United Kingdom sales will be under way by the middle of next year. Coated in a frozen "Energetic Orange" paint, the auto features a host of new styling features that will more than likely end up on the production version, due out sometime in 2018. According to chief designer of BMW Group Adrian van Hoydonk, the novelty demonstrates a new stylistic direction for the German automaker. The pointy profile implies plenty of movement even when the auto is stationary, while head-on the apparent simplicity of the trio of air intakes in the front apron belies what is a powerful BMW face. As we've already told you, the new generation of the Z4 will be built on the sports auto chassis co-designed by both BMW and Toyota.

The production Z4 is a joint project between BMW and Toyota. During the car's development, BMW board members considered renaming it. The driver's seat, door trim panels, instrument panel, and center stack are all finished in black, and BMW says these components wrap around the driver to create what BMW calls a "cone of vision". And while there has been a move upmarket, it's not quite big enough to warrant that name.

Oh, and any suggestion that the next-generation Z4 will be dubbed Z5 can now be totally dismissed.

The revolution begins in the front, where the Concept Z4 displays the most aggressive shark nose since the original 6-series. On the concept, it features two vents. There's massive 20-inch wheels which likely won't make it to production. BMW is working with Toyota to jointly develop the Z4's replacement and a Toyota sports coupe speculated to be a revived Toyota Supra.

The interior is nifty too, but we can't help noticing that the Z4 test prototypes didn't look like this. For the Concept the hood has been removed which allowed the design team to fit the sculpted fairings behind the headrests which look wonderful, but we're not sure whether it will be possible to integrate these with the hood for the production vehicle.

The teaser image shows a lot, though it doesn't show the entire vehicle.

Accommodation is said to have improved thanks to the car's increased overall dimensions.

With its aerodynamic pods over its rear deck, the concept is either a strictly fair weather proposition with a permanent open-top or there is a folding roof mechanism cleverly hidden away somewhere we can't identify.

The side view reveals a new take on a roadster's proportions. Insiders suggest the new roadster will tip the scales at under 1400kg in its most basic form, despite the increase in dimensions.

A new wedge silhouette, painted flashy Energetic Orange, packs more visual motion than the curvy current-generation Z4 two-seater, but it remains true to its roots.

Engine options for the new Z4 are expected to include a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the sDrive30i and a 3.0 litre six-cylinder with around 330bhp, with rear-wheel drive and a ZF eight-speed automatic. It is rumoured to develop the same 355bhp as it does in the X4 M40i. They show a tremendously sleek and sharp BMW roadster and I can hardly contain myself.

As with the current vehicle, all versions will be rear-wheel drive, but buyers will be able to choose from a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic.

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