Two years ago, on around January 2016 was the first time we saw spy shots of the BMW Z4. And today, we still have not seen the actual vehicle in production version, but at least there are spy shots of the roadster depicting a camouflaged prototype. It definitely is no ordinary test vehicle as we are looking at the Z4 M40i, which will be the crown jewel of the range taking into account a full fat Z4 M will not see the light of production day.
As usual, the automaker isn’t giving us that much information about the car, but what we do know is that the range topper is going to be given a newly developed inline six engine that they promise to be extremely powerful.
Aside from power, the M40i will feature a great deal of other goodies, including an M sports brake system, new front axle, a lower sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, as well as a set of M lightweight alloy wheels shod in mixed tires. BMW engineers have also come up with an electronically controlled lock in the rear axle differential to ensure the Z4 will be a proper sports car.
Adjacent images were actually from the Autodrome de Miramas in the south of France where BMW is currently testing their near-production prototypes of the new Z4 by making last minute tweaks to the powertrain and suspension.
On the other hand, when you look at our own spy shots, despite the fact that the prototype is dipped in camouflage, we can tell that it is still in the higher spec version judging by its intricate front bumper with plenty of vents. Other signs that this is the amped up version include the blue brake calipers and the large dual exhaust tips.
We can never really have a good look of the car’s interior if the only photos we have are spy shots. But luckily, we could still kind of see the cabin’s design from the photos we saw last April. Pictured above, the Z4 had the company’s new digital instrument cluster and most likely the latest iDrive infotainment system as part of the Operating System 7.0 previewed a couple of months ago.
With all the sneak peeks we have gotten, there really is one thing left for us to see, and that is the production ready BMW Z4. Speaking of this, we can’t help but mention that we also cannot wait to see the Toyota Supra. Meanwhile, the Bavarians are getting ready for an important debut in the weeks to come, with the 8 Series Coupe to be reborn on June 15 at Le Mans. What do you guys think of the new BMW Z4?