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Stunning BMW Z4 Concept leaked ahead of unveil

Stunning BMW Z4 Concept leaked ahead of unveil

BMW took the wraps off its Concept Z4 on Thursday, hinting at the next generation of its two-seater sports auto. Although the BMW Concept Z4 is a show vehicle that's now being premiered at Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California this week, it's a thinly disguised version of the production-ready article due next year.

But it's very likely an accurate portrayal of what the production version of BMW's third-generation Z4 (and successor to the Z3) will look like when it goes on sale next year.

Apart from an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel-drive transmission, there should be 2.0-litre four- and 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol-turbo engines propelling the Z4 with an expected power range of some 200-340hp. This time around, though, BMW has truncated the overhangs and trimmed the hood length, which it says puts the driver closer to the center of the Z4 Concept. Which would be interesting.

The conceptual Z4 Roadster wasn't the only BMW performance model on display during the event. The approach signals BMW's determination to shift the Z4 further upmarket.

Photos of the BMW Z4 concept have leaked ahead of its official debut at Monterey Car Week.

A BMW source said: "We would have had to call it the Z6".

Taking inspiration from the design cues of classic roadsters, BMW created a concept that remains true to tradition while having an eye towards the future.

In true concept auto fashion the form and details are exaggerated to nearly cartoonish proportions but according to BMW Senior Vice President Group Design, Adrian Van Hooydonk, the Concept Z4 follows the recent 8 Series Concept and "expresses the new BMW design language...from the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks and clean-cut tail end". The front wheels hide large Z4-branded four-piston brake calipers and iron rotors. The driver-focused controls include a fully digital driver instrument panel, a deep-dish steering wheel and an iDrive infotainment system with a wide screen on the centre stack.

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.


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