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BMW Z4 Concept leaks before Pebble Beach
Images of the new BMW Z4 Concept heading to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend have leaked on the web, revealing our best look yet at the next generation Z4 roadster.
BMW had already teased the Z4 Concept a couple of times before these images leaked, but these pictures only consisted of a sketch of the car’s muscular side profile and a murky image of its aggressive face.
The new Z4 Roadster will replace the ageing second-generation model, in production since 2009, and be a fresh rival for the likes of the Porsche 718 Boxster, as well as a reborn Toyota Supra currently being developed in parallel and set to use the same platform.
Despite the complex shape, it’s likely the new car will ditch the current Z4's heavy metal folding roof for a lighter, more traditional fabric hood. This could mean it's being aimed more towards the Boxster and away from softer, more refined cars like the SLC.
Mounted behind the front axle will be a range of BMW’s ‘TwinPower’ turbo petrol engines which will be offered in both four and six-cylinder forms. Expect at least 200bhp from base models, with top-end turbocharged straight-six variants nudging 300bhp. As before, all cars will be rear-wheel drive.
The Z4 will also use the same rear axle design as the M3 and M4, and it’s likely that a full M version will follow within a year, possibly using the M2’s 365bhp 3.0-litre straight-six.