We’re in the midst of summer, so the timing couldn’t be better to show off a new top-down roadster, which is exactly what BMW has been doing this week.
The Munich brand has revealed the first images of a concept car that will go on to shape the next Z4 roadster when it arrives in 2018.
Debuting at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, where the BMW group has a history of parading show cars, the Concept Z4 features a shorter bonnet than the current second-gen model.
Other design touches worth noting include vertically stacked double-decker headlamps, a wide kidney grille for a broad, stretched nose, a pronounced shark nose, slimline rear lamps and metallic rollover hoops.
Naturally, there are some elements destined to get the chop before we see the final production model, such as the tiny door mirrors and oversized exhausts, but it’s not hard to imagine how the Z4 will look in showrooms.
Engine range is likely to include a 194bhp two-litre turbocharged petrol unit, linked to a six-speed manual gearbox but an eight-speed auto will also be available too.
BMW Group’s design senior vice president Adrian van Hooydonk described the new Z4 as “an all-out driving machine”.
He added: “Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness. This is total freedom on four wheels.”
We hope so, as the Z4 has been somewhat neglected in recent years as BMW focused on its SUVs and company cruisers. The second-gen Z4 went on sale in 2009 but in the meantime, Mazda’s MX-5 has made big strides forward and is widely accepted as the king of the roadsters.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “This is one stunning concept and the most exciting thing is we can envisage how the final thing will look.”
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