Adrian van Hooydonk, Design Director at BMW Group, promises that the 8 Series "will be a very sporty car" when introduced, though, he neglected to let us know what kind of engine might power the luxury coupe. And the Concept Z4 drops bars in the kidney grille for a mesh meant to recall, says BMW, its vintage 328 Mille Miglia.
The Z4 Roadster of the new generation was developed in conjunction with Toyota. To prevent building a similar auto that would be brought to market by two different manufacturers, the companies chose to divide the line-up. The front wheels hide large Z4-branded four-piston brake calipers and iron rotors. The platform will also underpin a Toyota sports vehicle that's expected to be the long-awaited successor to the Supra.
It's rumoured that both BMW and Toyota will deploy a petrol-electric version using BMW's four-cylnder turbocharged petrol engine with electric motors on the front axle fed by supercapacitors.
Up front, the shark nose fascia is even more aggressive, with the oversized kidney grille lower and broader than before.
The Concept Z4 has classic roadster design cues such as a long wheelbase, a low-slung and stretched silhouette and a compact rear end.
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BMW says the laid-back profile remains but with a shorter snout this time for increased driving agility -something sorely missing in today's preceding model.
By itself, the dashboard is a convincing evolution of BMW's current interior design. Flat-bottom steering wheel complete with centre indicator, paddle shifts, uncluttered controls, minimal distraction from electronics and a dedicated head-up display so that a driver's eyes can remain on the road.
Oh, and any suggestion that the next-generation Z4 will be dubbed Z5 can now be totally dismissed.
As with the current auto, all versions will be rear-wheel drive, but buyers will be able to choose from a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic. The vertical air outlets on the front fenders shape the entire side, and the taillights evoke the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.
The back end features two silver pods, a trunk lid spoiler that hints at the old Z4 models and narrow taillights that nearly touch in the middle.