BMWs reborn sports car in new shape.
The new BMWs concept Z4 convertible revealed at Pebble Beach previews the upcoming production Z4 Roadster; gets revised styling, powerful engines and a beautiful soft-top roof. BMW says is set “to be revealed over the course of next year.” The next-generation Z4 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2019.
With fresh and appealing look, a revised range of powerful engines, the two-seat soft-top has been developed in a joint manufacturing programme with the new Toyota Supra coupe.The overall designing and styling of the concept is claimed to be very close to the production car. BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk says the Z4 concept expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details.
The New BMW Concept Z4 convertible is bigger than the current model, with a longer wheelbase and wider tracks. BMW designed the proportions in a way to provide it with more irresistible look. A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness,” Hooydonk said in a statement. “ It feels like total freedom on car,” especially when you are in the new BMW concept Z4.
BMW Concept Z4 Exterior
The most unique advantage is its looks, where the Concept Z4 displays the most aggressive shark nose since the original 6-series. The air intakes are low and wide, and the headlights have their light signatures stacked on top of each other. BMW tries to pass off this look as a nod to the Z8. The Concept Z4 features new set of BMW’s signature kidney grille that recently seen on the Concept X2 and Concept 8 Series. By replacing the customary vertical bars, the new kidney grille feature with a new mesh that Van Hooydonk said was inspired by design used on initial BMW roadsters, including the iconic 328 Mille Miglia.
The side view gives a new look on a Roadster’s proportions. The front and rear overhangs are short, and the cabin moves slightly forward, in which the driver and passenger sit almost atop the rear axle. The vertical air outlets on the front fenders shape the entire side, and the tail-lights stimulate the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. We like the faired headrests that hide the roll bars. The 20-inch wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber underscore the roadster’s wide stance.
The BMW Z4 Concept furnished with Carbon-fiber elements enhance the front and the rear diffuser, and the front spoiler displays Z4 lettering.
BMW Concept Z4 Interior
The vehicle’s interior is designed for a total focus on the driving experience. Display screens are integrated into the driver’s cockpit, and all controls are grouped into what are called function islands.
Instrumentation is displayed via a TFT screen, with a clockwise speedometer on the left and a counterclockwise tachometer on the right. The ultrasporty steering wheel is fitted with red paddles to easily operate that automatic transmission and we hope that it won’t be the only gearbox option in the car.
The BMW Concept Z4 is coated in a BMW Frozen (matte) color, Energetic Orange, a hue that is repeated inside the car. The dashboard on the passenger side is covered in orange suede, but in front of the driver it’s finished in black leather, as is the driver’s seat. BMW speaks of a “cone of vision,” and this approach to color is supposed to be a fresh take on driver orientation.
BMW Concept Z4 Engines
In terms of engines, it is speculated that the new BMW Concept Z4 will be offered with a choice of two petrol engines – first is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit with around 181bhp in the Z4 sDrive20i and 248bhp in the Z4 sDrive30i.
The second engine powers the Z4 M40i and is the latest incarnation of BMW’s B58 turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine and is rumoured to develop the same 355bhp as it does in the X4 M40i.