BMW Concept Z4 Preview

2017 BMW Z4 Showcased in New Teaser Images

BMW's designers made a decision to implement a sharknose-like shape for the front end, modeling around a wedge that extends to the windshield.

An internal BMW document seen by Autocar revealed that the new Z4 will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines from the start of sales. Sweeping character lines, prominent gill vents, smartly flared fenders, twin integrated headrest buttresses that house rollover bars and 20-inch light-alloy wheels add interest to the profile while the rear end features slim, L-shaped LED lights positioned above dual air outlets.

The above vehicle looks nearly certain to be the all-new BMW Z4.

The 2018 BMW Z4 is being developed in conjunction with the forthcoming Toyota Supra, but while the latter is expected to be a fixed-roof grand touring coupe - and may also feature a petrol-electric setup - the new Z4 should offer a more traditional take on the two-seater sports auto.

Moving on to the interior, BMW say that much of the cabin was meant to adopt the color of the car's exterior, thus creating a visual connection between the outside and inside of the concept - with only a chrome trim strop providing some separation. The side view reveals the front and rear overhangs are short, and the cabin moves slightly forward.

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The Z4's look is all sports auto. A fabric roof will replace the retractable hard top on the previous-generation Z4.

At launch, there will be three versions of the new Z4: 181bhp and 248bhp 2.0-litre turbos, badged sDrive20i and sDrive30i, and a turbocharged 3.0-litre that will carry the M40i moniker and is rumoured to produce 355bhp.

The new Z4 is anticipated to be manufacturer only as a roadster, and not as a coupe. BMW says, however, that the driver is moved a bit closer to the midpoint of the auto.

The Concept Z4 features another interpretation of BMW's signature kidney grille, seen recently on the Concept X2 and Concept 8 Series.

Much like the Z4, the 8 Series concept is defined by a dynamic and streamlined look. The dashpod is an all-digital affair while the main central monitor butts up to the dashpod allowing a flow of information from the main monitor to the instrument cluster with the driver able to choose what information is displayed.

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