The third-generation of the two-seater roadster will enter production next year
To coincide with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, BMW has unveiled the all new Concept Z4 sportscar. The Z4 has been around since 2002, and the third generation of the iconic sportscar is expected to enter production next year at the manufacturing specialist Magna’s facility in Austria.
The two-seater rear-wheel drive roadster is now more aggressive and taut than ever before. The front and rear overhangs have been reduced to make the car more agile. The driver and co-passenger’s seats have been moved further in front to deliver a more purposeful driving position. The intimidating shark nose that has become a recurring and welcome feature of BMW’s sportscars has been chiselled to perfection here in the Concept Z4. The kidney grilles have a mesh design instead of the usual vertical slats.
Although not confirmed officially by BMW yet, the new Z4 will feature a fabric roof instead of the hardtop that’s currently available on existing models. Also, it is expected that the Z4 will feature three engine trims. The first is a two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 181hp and the second is the same engine tuned up to deliver 248hp of power. A bigger 3-litre six-cylinder engine will also be fitted into the Z4 that can punch out 255hp. If BMW decides to go all out, it could even introduce an M version the Z4 which will most likely be a twin-turbocharged three-litre six-cylinder engine that’s capable of a mountain-shifting 425hp of power.
This Concept Z4 is the result of a partnership between BMW and Toyota initiated a few years ago. The two carmakers announced that they will be collaborating on the future of sportscars and this Concept Z4 is a mission statement that reaffirms the engineering prowess of these two carmakers.
It was only a few years ago that BMW declared that the sportscar era was winding down. Maybe it had a change of heart because one good look at the Concept Z4 and you’d be convinced that the sportscar industry is in rude health.