The third generation BMW Z4 has made its debut as a Concept at this year’s Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach. However, “the attention-grabbing design study” as BMW likes to call it, is very close to the series-production version slated to be unveiled next year.
The Z4 Concept closely follows the design language of the 8 Series Concept which was unveiled two months ago. It adopts classical roadster design cues, such as a long wheelbase, a low-slung, stretched silhouette and a compact rear end. A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs ensure the driver sits closer to the centre of the car than in previous BMW roadsters, said the company. The exterior of this particular example is finished in the “Energetic Orange” paint, with the finishing touch by 20-inch light-alloy wheels.
The central air intake sports a large carbon fibre insert, which according to BMW, is straight out of the motor sport playbook. The rear-end gets a carbon fibre diffuser.
The Z4’s dashboard is minimalistic and is oriented towards the driver, and all that is left on the passenger side is an air vent. There are two digital displays, one as an instrument cluster and the other one is a central display. BMW says that the two displays are positioned at almost the same height and in close proximity to one another, which gives the impression of a single, cohesive unit. They work together to deliver the right information at the right time.
Above the instrument cluster, the Head-Up Display presents key information within the driver’s direct field of view.
“The BMW Concept Z4 in an all-out driving machine,” said 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.”
“The Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion,” adds van Hooydonk.