The third-generation Z4 is part of what BMW's head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, describes as the most comprehensive new model push. Public display of the concept vehicle will be held on Thursday, August 17, in the framework of the American contest of elegance Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance.
While the Supra, judging from the spy pictures we've seen so far, will be characterized by round and bubbly shapes, BMW has gone for a far more chiseled and angular look.
According to auto and Driver, the Z4 will be powered by a 3.0 inline-six-cylinder engine with as much as 360 horsepower on tap.
Here it is then folks, minus a bit of carbon-fibre here and a two-tone interior there, this is the new BMW Z4. Which would be interesting. The reason for this emanating from the strategic alliance between BMW and Toyota to profit from their know-how and to spread R&D costs. The company says it offers a "look ahead" to the production Z4, expected to hit BMW showrooms in 2018. A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs ensure the driver sits closer to the centre of the auto than in previous BMW roadsters and has a better connection with the road.
Featuring a wide but slim new take on the trademark kidney grille, huge hexagonal air intakes and a deep central air dam, the concept for the next Z4 introduces a pair of slim angular headlamps that incorporate the auto maker's hexagonal lighting signature. Caution is advised due to this car's concept status, but if the design seen here is anything to go by, expect a bold new look when the 2018 Z4 is officially revealed.
The Concept Z4's design takes cues from classic roadsters. This will help minimise the new Z4's weight, while simultaneously boosting storage space.
See, after BMW said that really frightful thing in 2014, it made me wonder how it could still possibly push the whole "the ultimate driving machine" motto with a straight face. 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. Our recommended Sport trim gets you sports seats and bespoke alloy wheels - and the 220d engine we recommend is punchy yet reasonably economical. No word on whether it'll keep the current Z4's weighty folding tin top, or return to the Z3's canvas.