BMW Concept Z4 noses the roadster in a sporty new direction

Terry Joseph
August 18, 2017

What will change is the materials, with the concept's brushed aluminium and carbonfibre trim making way for more cost-effective materials, although one of BMW's stated aims with the new vehicle is to improve perceived quality. Together with the equally lovely Z4 concept, the 8 Series concept is making its debut in the USA for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and we were lucky enough to catch the coupe in person.

For more than a year, we've seen teasers and spy shots of the next-generation BMW Z4 convertible.

Under the hood we can expect a revised 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine, which can be upgraded to the turbo inline six.

Codenamed G29, the new convertible is being developed in a joint engineering programme between BMW and Toyota, which will sell a coupé version as the Supra. Which would be interesting.

Aside from the vast vents, grille, wheels and wheelarches, the most striking aspect of the new Z4 Concept is its rear deck, which features two "domes".

The shape will influence the design of the upcoming production Z4 that's due in 2019.

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 vehicle.

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The new 2018 BMW Z4 (which could be the BMW Z5) - BMW's side of the new Toyota Supra - leaks online ahead of a debut at Pebble Beach scheduled for later today.

The new Z4 is anticipated to be manufacturer only as a roadster, and not as a coupe.

It's still obviously a front engine/rear drive two-seater sitting on a long wheelbase, but the bonnet is shorter than before and the driver sits further forward.

While the concept hopefully previews what the third-generation Z4 will look like, there are heritage styling cues.

The layout of the driver-focused interior looks like an updated version of the one in the BMW i8 hybrid supercar, and features a two-tone dashboard half-wrapped in a large, seamless sheet of brown leather, while twin digital displays feed the driver with information. Boot capacity is also claimed to top the 310 litres of the outgoing Z4.

The revolution begins in the front, where the Concept Z4 displays the most aggressive shark nose since the original 6-series. Our recommended Sport trim gets you sports seats and bespoke alloy wheels - and the 220d engine we recommend is punchy yet reasonably economical.

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