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BMW Concept Z4 Revealed at Pebble Beach

author photo by Jaclyn Trop August 2017

The Concept Z4 Roadster that BMW showed at Monterey Car Week on Thursday reveals the automaker's new design language for a forthcoming production version of the convertible.

The automaker's take on a modern roadster features more compact proportions, a shorter hood and dramatic contouring. The Concept Z4's lower stance and long wheelbase indicate a sleek and sporty direction.

"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 will replace the current BMW Z4 convertible, which ended production last year after a 12-year run. The new Z4 marks the nameplate's third generation.

The Concept Z4's kidney grille forgoes the automaker's customary bars to showcase an elaborately designed mesh evocative of the concept's predecessors, such as the BMW 328 Mille Miglia. Flared wheel arches, slim, L-shaped rear lights and a prominent spoiler help create a more agile look. Three large air intakes emphasize the front end's athletic stance.

The rear-wheel-drive roadster's Energetic Orange paintwork highlights the designer's emphasis on contouring, using light and shade to create a sportier-looking body. That color carries over into the interior to create a seamless look demarcated by a chrome trim strip. The driver's seat, door trim panels, instrument panel and center console are finished in black to create the illusion of a pod encircling the driver.

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BMW Concept Z4 Revealed at Pebble Beach - Autotrader