Previewing the BMW Concept Z4 Roadster
The car community is starting to spread word of the BMW Z4 roadster, with it appearing to indicate a new direction for the company in more ways than one. Developed in partnership with Toyota, the Concept Z4 joins with the 8-series preview in signaling a new direction in BMW.
The vehicle features a retro-inspired shark-nose and large vents behind the front wheels. While the body appears to be all angles, that's an optical illusion — as there isn't a single flat spot or line that doesn't have a subtle curve. In back, the rounded end showcases hockey-stick taillights that are similar to those on the i8.
We don't yet know what engine will be offered in the production Z4, but it's rumored that the same standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder found on the current model will power the rear-wheel drive roadster. It stands to reason that a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six will be an available option. It's expected that the vehicle will come with a six-speed manual transmission, with an eight-speed automatic transmission will also likely.
The instrument cluster and center stack are both aggressively oriented toward the driver, and both are placed close to eye level. Since we expect that the rest of the concept's interior will see changes while being translated to the production, we're going to wait until it's released next year before saying too much more about the interior.
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