We’ve waited a long time for a new BMW Z4 but it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer after very candid shots of the third-gen roadster emerged on social media.
That car featured a shorter bonnet than the second-gen model, as well as 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.
The car in the leaked pictures is an M40i model, which uses a three-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine, developing 340bhp and 500Nm of torque, with drive sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Also expected to be available is a 194bhp two-litre turbocharged petrol unit, linked to a six-speed manual gearbox.
It looks like the soft-top fabric roof of the concept has made it to the production Z4, but the concept’s buttresses have got the chop in favour of a smoother and more considered shape.
Upon the reveal of the concept, BMW Group’s design senior vice president Adrian van Hooydonk described the new Z4 as “an all-out driving machine”.
“Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness,” he commented. “This is total freedom on four wheels.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: “It’s been eight years since the second-gen Z4 arrived and in the meantime, Mazda’s MX-5 has done a great job at dominating the roadster segment, so it’ll be very interesting to see how the Z4 goes about claiming back some of the plucky Mazda’s sales.”
Photo: Instagram – @liucunyi
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