This weekend at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the BMW Z4 Concept will make its first public appearance. The good news is that we will finally have a real idea of what the upcoming roadster will look like.
Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said that the BMW Z4 Concept is a representation of the company’s new design language from all perspectives. This ranges from the dynamic design of the fascia to the striking flanks, all the way to the rear end. The lines and the exchange that occurs between surfaces give it a sense of power.
This concept gets its design and inspiration from the older roadsters of BMW, except this one does not look retro at all. If you notice, this concept actually veers from the company’s traditional styling cues - starting from the headlights that are more vertically oriented. This is different from past BMW models that have a horizontally oriented head lights. Another element added to the Z4 is the new mesh grille, instead of its typical bar set-up.
Meanwhile, the front fascia looks more seamless, looking like it is floating just underneath the orange hood. Thanks to the V-shaped piece of carbon fiber that takes on the center section. With a more angular fascia, the contrast between the face and the long round clamshell hood becomes more apparent. The long slits on the Z4 Concept make it look more interesting.
What’s becoming more common with modern roadsters are the nacelles, and naturally, this Z4 Concept has them. However, it has a more unique setup by having a little bit of space in between the two.
The Z4 Concept’s interior is not like any others you have seen. For instance, the driver side is finished in in all black with a little bit of metallic details and red paddle shifters. The digital instrument cluster and the infotainment system are positioned side by side so they can easily be seen and accessed by the drives. As a contrast, the passenger side is finished in a shade of light brown leather almost similar to the Energetic Orange Frozen paint on the outside. It may be weird for others, but the two-tone cabin is actually pretty cool to look at.
It is a little early to say what will be under the Z4 Concept’s hood, but there have been rumours circulating that United States customers will be able to choose from three engine options: a 195 horsepower (145 kW) four-cylinder, a 248 horsepower (185 kW) four cylinder, and 335 horsepower (250 kW) inline six. These engine options can then be paired with either a manual or automatic gearbox.