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This is it: BMW officially launches Z4 Concept at Pebble Beach


Although unveiled in a series of leaked images before its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, BMW has now taken the covers off its new Z4 Concept due to commence production next year.

Co-developed with Toyota, whose hardtop only version will revive the Supra name, the Z4 Concept, as per previous reports, features a more sleeker and aggressive appearance than its predecessor, with the same four-eyed headlights as the 8-series concept and Z8, wider mesh dual kidney grille inspired by the iconic 328 Mille Miglia, prominent air intakes, carbon fibre front bumper insert, twin bonnet louvers and vents behind the front wheels BMW refers to as Air Breathers.

Finished in a colour called Energetic Orange and sitting on 20-inch light alloy bi-colour dual spoke rims, the rear-end retains the rounded look of the previous Z4, but now boasts L-shaped lights with above mounted spoiler, carbon fibre diffuser, oversized air outlets, dual chrome tipped exhausts and twin buttresses behind the rear seats.

Known internally as G29, the concept Z4's interior differs from any current production in that it adopts a minimalist approach with a tiered iDrive infotainment design, squared-off steering wheel with a digital display at its base, full digital instrument cluster, Heads-Up Display, redesigned centre console and gear lever, red gear shift paddles and carbon fibre door sills.

Not technical details have been revealed, although reports suggest the Z4 will employ a range of four and six-cylinder turbocharged engines displacing 2.0 to 3.0-litres, with drive going to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

It however remains to be seen what details of the Concept will make it into the final production model.

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