BMW Z4 Concept Photos Leaked

As we've already told you, the new generation of the Z4 will be built on the sports vehicle chassis co-designed by both BMW and Toyota.

Revealed at the Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, the newest BMW design study grabs a whole handful of previous concept and production auto styling cues, and folds them together with a new contemporary look and the results are stunning.

But it's very likely an accurate portrayal of what the production version of BMW's third-generation Z4 (and successor to the Z3) will look like when it goes on sale next year.

The next generation BMW Z4 will come with a range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder variants.

All the latest BMW tricks and treats are here, especially the broad kidney grille similar to that seen on other recent BMW concepts. Which would be interesting. The Concept Z4's grille replaces the typical vertical slats with a three-dimensional mesh pattern that might not make it into production.

BMW's Concept Z4 is an evolutionary, not revolutionary, design study for a redone Z4 roadster production model the company says it will show in the coming year. Speaking of which, the production auto is rumored to arrive early next year - perhaps at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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The new Z4 is underpinned by BMW's CLAR (cluster architecture) platform.

While some of the more flamboyant design features will be toned down, the overall styling and detailing of the concept is claimed to be
very close to the production auto.

It's still obviously a front engine/rear drive two-seater sitting on a long wheelbase, but the bonnet is shorter than before and the driver sits further forward.

The Z4's look is all sports vehicle.

"The BMW Concept Z4 is an all-out driving machine", BMW Group senior vice president of design Adrian van Hooydonk said in a statement. These, BMW says, are meant to "spark deliberate associations" with the BMW Z8 - a niche model from the 1990s that now enjoys cult classic status. Boot capacity is also claimed to top the 310 litres of the outgoing Z4. The next-gen model will reportedly receive a manual transmission. Our recommended Sport trim gets you sports seats and bespoke alloy wheels - and the 220d engine we recommend is punchy yet reasonably economical.


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