BMW Z4 Concept finally revealed in full

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Words: Nile Bijoux
17 Aug 2017

After what seems like an eternity of Nurburgring spy videos and teasers, BMW have finally taken the wraps off their upcoming Z4 roadster.

Boasting a refreshed design and gorgeous proportions, the BMW Concept Z4 is "an all-out driving machine," according to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

“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.”

It certainly looks it too. The orange droptop is lithe, low and sleek, taking inspiration from past roadsters but ensuring it remains suitably modern. The vertical headlights diverge from the traditional horizontal BMW eyes - looking a little bit Jaguar F-Type we must say - and the kidney grille features a mesh rather than bars.

A floating fascia under the hood offers another sporty design element, with a central carbon-fibre piece dominating the look flanked by body-coloured slashes either side. Big vents just south of the wheels turn into two body-length creases that draw the eye to those sweet i8-esque taillights. 

Nacelles behind each seat complete the top part of the looks and two chunky vents on the rear alongside twin exhaust pipes polish off the aggressive roadster look.

Inside the car gets a little weird, I must admit. The drivers side looks great - entirely black sans metallic trim and red paddle shifters, a digital instrument cluster and wide infotainment display keeps everything suitable 21st-century. It's the passengers side where things fall a bit flat. The brown leather seats meet a browner leather that matches the 'Energetic Orange Frozen' exterior paint. It looks like the cabin was made from two different cars, or a car and a tree. It's easily fixed and probably will be before the rumoured 2019 launch, but for now it remains a small stumbling block.

BMW don't discuss any real details other than the design and look of the roadster, but it's widely rumoured to be an entry-level four-cylinder with 145kW or a straight-six with 250kW alongside an automatic gearbox (evidence of which you can see here) or HOPEFULLY a traditional manual.


NZ Autocar

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