Leaked images detail BMW’s concept for the Monterey Car Week, previewing the next Z4.
Images of the new BMW Z4 Concept heading to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend have leaked on the web, revealing our best look yet at the next generation Z4 roadster.
BMW had already teased the Z4 Concept a couple of times before these images leaked, but these pictures only consisted of a sketch of the car’s muscular side profile and a murky image of its aggressive face.
Looking at the leaked images, we see just how wild the design of the car’s front end is, with bold chromed kidney grilles and an angular assortment of vents positioned underneath them. Angular LED headlights with BMW’s new hexagonal lighting signature are pushed out to the very farthest corner of the car’s face.
Running down the sides of the car are a pair of angled creases, while long, wide but thin mirrors sprout from the tops of the doors. At the back, the roll hoops are bolstered by a pair of buttresses sweeping into the flat deck behind the driver and passenger, with wide LED taillights and an aggressive looking rear bumper also added.
The new Audi TT Roadster and Mercedes SLC rival will make its debut in the metal on 17 August. BMW is expected to unfurl the new Z4 in a similar manner to the all-new 8 Series, with a revealing concept vehicle to whet the appetite for the production model.
The production car has already been spotted testing on multiple occasions, with the most recent spyshots showing it in snowy conditions with a slightly more revealing disguise compared to earlier mules lapping the Nurburgring.
The new Z4 Roadster will replace the ageing second-generation model, in production since 2009, and be a fresh rival for the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxster, as well as a reborn Toyota Supra currently being developed in parallel and set to use the same platform.
Despite the complex shape, it’s likely the new car will ditch the current Z4’s heavy metal folding roof for a lighter, more traditional fabric hood. This could mean it’s being aimed more towards the Boxster and away from softer, more refined cars like the SLC.
An insider previously told us that “this car will use the same lightweight body construction as the i3 and i8. And even with that type of construction, you can expect a price around the same as that of the current Z4.”
Mounted behind the front axle will be a range of BMW’s ‘TwinPower’ turbo petrol engines which will be offered in both four and six-cylinder forms. Expect at least 200bhp from base models, with top-end turbocharged straight-six variants nudging 300bhp. As before, all cars will be rear-wheel drive.
The Z4 will also use the same rear axle design as the M3 and M4, and it’s likely that a full M version will follow within a year, possibly using the M2’s 365bhp 3.0-litre straight-six.
BMW’s next-generation roadster will also provide a base for a reborn Toyota Supra, designed to sit above the slow selling GT 86. Though unlike the Z4 Roadster it’ll be a hard-top coupe, influenced by the FT-1 concept from 2014.
The Toyota version has potential to receive a plug-in hybrid model, with electric motors boosting output instead of a turbocharger.