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BMW Concept Z4 noses the roadster in a sporty new direction

BMW Concept Z4 noses the roadster in a sporty new direction

It may be a "concept" but this is the best look yet at the highly anticipated next generation Toyota Supra whilst also satisfying fans of the BMW Z4.

While the concept hopefully previews what the third-generation Z4 will look like, there are heritage styling cues. Sweeping character lines, prominent gill vents, smartly flared fenders, twin integrated headrest buttresses that house rollover bars and 20-inch light-alloy wheels add interest to the profile while the rear end features slim, L-shaped LED lights positioned above dual air outlets. Now we wait to see whether the next Z4, which shares its underpinnings with the reborn Toyota Supra, will attract any buyers.

Although BMW has yet to officially confirm it, the new Z4 eschews the folding hard-top of today's model for a traditional fabric hood. But a shorter hood and "crisp" overhangs in the wedge-shaped concept put the driver closer to the center of the auto than in previous BMW roadsters, the company says.

This will help minimise the new Z4's weight, while simultaneously boosting storage space.

The vehicle that will debut at Pebble Beach will still be a prototype, but we should get a better sense of the engines that BMW will offer in the Z4 this weekend.

BMW Z4 Concept Pebble Beach Concours

More is expected to be revealed following its official reveal later. The front wheels hide large Z4-branded four-piston brake calipers and iron rotors. Last but not least, there's a carbon fiber diffuser flanked by a pair of angular exhaust tips.

A head-up display is also included, while all in-car controls are grouped by function, contributing to the cabin's minimalist approach.

"It expresses the new BMW design language", says the senior vice-president of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk. The top-spec model will receive a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six while the other two will come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-four engine.

The Z4 could break out in production trim as soon as the Geneva motor show in March next year, with a local debut to likely take place later in 2018. The next-gen model will reportedly receive a manual transmission.

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