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BMW Concept Z4 Roadster revealed at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

BMW Concept Z4 Roadster revealed at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Snapshot: BMW has revealed the Concept Z4 Roadster at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, to preview the third-generation roadster of the carmaker.

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BMW Z4 has essentially been the poster boy of open-top roadstes across the globe. Surely there has been products like Audi TT and Porsche Boxter, but none could actually match the pesona of the BMW Z4. BMW has now refreshed the two-seater Z4 and revealed its concept version at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, six months before its production version will hit the Geneva Motor Show in 2018.

If the concept is anywhere near the production version, the new Z4 will boast of a fresh look, new underpinnings and a revised range of engines. The new BMW Z4 roadster has been built in a joint engineering programme with the new Toyota Supra. We expect the production version to be mellowed down a bit, in terms of the flamboyant design the concept features.

The overall design and detailing of the concept is claimed to be very close to the production car. Design boss Adrian van Hooydonk said the car “expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details”. The Concept Z4 is bigger than the current model, with a longer wheelbase and wider tracks.

“A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs ensure the driver sits closer to the centre of the car than in previous BMW roadsters,” said van Hooydonk. While there were speculations that the new car could be rebadge Z5, and during the design developments, BMW board members did consider renaming it, at the end, the Z5 badge was never seriously considered. 

As for the design, the Concept Z4 features new set of BMW’s signature kidney grille, seen recently on the Concept X2 and Concept 8 Series. The new kidney grille gets new mesh instead of customary vertical bars, and as per van Hooydonk, it was inspired by early BMW roadsters, including the iconic 328 Mille Miglia. The long bonnet design is retained.

While the outgoing model came with a retractable hard-top, it is believed that the new Z4 will get a traditional fabric hood. The cabin is also visible in the concept and gives us an idea on the design on the production version. It will have a flowing dashboard and relatively wide centre console resembling those of the concept.

Digital instrument panel and head-up display will be included in the new roadster. Chances are that BMW will replace the brushed aluminium and carbonfibre trims by more cost-effective composite plastic materials. There’s an improvement in the space and the boot capacity is also claimed to increase over the 310-litres of the outgoing Z4. 

But the biggest change will come underneath the cabin and platform. The new Z4 is underpinned by BMW’s CLAR (cluster architecture) platform, already underpinning 2, 5 and 7 Series and will soon be added to the upcoming 8 Series and the successor to today’s 3-Series. The CLAR platform is made with a combination of high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium.

As for the engines, it is speculated that the new BMW will get 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. 

There can also be an M-version of the roadster, powered by the BMW performance car division’s 425bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder unit. All the engines will send power to the rear wheels that has been part of the two-seat roadster’s appeal since its introduction in 2002. A choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic in combination with all engines will be offered. 

Production of the new BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra will start at the plant of Austrian manufacturing specialist Magna in early 2018 and the sales will begin by the middle of next year.

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