New 2019 BMW Z4 previewed with roadster concept

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 by

German car manufacturer took the wraps off a Z4 concept in Monterey, California, at the annual Concours d’Elegance, previewing a 2019 production roadster

2019 bmw z4 concept

The concept introduces the German company’s next-generation design language

BMW has just revealed a new Z4 concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, before the Munich marque reveals a more production-ready model over the course of next year.

The Germans have quite a lot of history in Monterey — last year there was the world debut of the 2002 Hommage concept, and the year before that BMW premiered the 3.0 CSL Hommage. In 2014 BMW brought over an i8 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance edition with fancy paint and leather, and back in 2012 we saw the Zagato-designed BMW Roadster concept.

For this week’s event in California Munich has shipped over a concept previewing what the upcoming 2019 Z4 will look like, meaning massive BMW kidney grille, massive air intakes, massive wheels and just as much appeal.

2019 bmw z4 concept

The attention-grabbing design, knowing BMW’s concept history, shouldn’t be significantly changed before we see the real thing next year. BMW design boss Adrian van Hooydonk called his latest creation “total freedom on four wheels”.

This bodes well because the Z4 is being co-developed with Toyota, with the Japanese giant basing its upcoming Supra sports car on the same architecture.

Van Hooydonk went on to explain the concept also previews BMW’s future styling direction so we can expect more cars taking on cues from the Z4, which can only be a good thing.

“The concept expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details,” said van Hooydonk.

2019 bmw z4 concept

With its long wheelbase, the car takes on traditional roadster proportions of a low-slung, stretched design with a long bonnet and short rear end, and the driver sat far back in the middle, but according to the company closer forward than in previous BMW roadsters.

The design is highlighted by the deeply sculpted ‘shark nose’ up front, large air vents aft of the front wheels, interplaying surfaces (Chris Bangle liven on in Munich), slim L-shaped taillights at the back, and a tail lid that’s also a curving spoiler.

Reinforcing the driver-focussed nature of the Z4, according to BMW, the concept features a two-tone cockpit design with the driver’s side in black and the passenger’s in an orangey brown, with touches of polished chrome, carbon fibre, and hexagonal-cut design motifs in the seats.

2019 bmw z4 concept

As for the performance details, there aren’t any, but BMW hints at increased power under that bonnet compared to the current 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six model producing 335 horsepower, what with the concept’s huge air intakes and everything. A Z4 M could eventually join the new line-up with over 425 horsepower. As for Toyota’s take on things with the upcoming Supra, we’ll have to wait and see what the Japanese are cooking up because there is little information available so far.

We could see a production version of the 2019 BMW Z4 as soon as 2018’s Geneva motor show next March, before the car goes on sale later in the year.

 


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