BMW 8 Series Concept Makes North American Debut At Pebble Beach

BMW took the wraps off its Concept Z4 on Thursday, hinting at the next generation of its two-seater sports vehicle. At this week's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, BMW will debut the new Concept Z4, a design study that previews the next generation of compact BMW convertibles.

We don't have all the specs yet, but from what we can see here, the next Z4 is going to be a lot better looking than the last model.

Apart from an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel-drive transmission, there should be 2.0-litre four- and 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol-turbo engines propelling the Z4 with an expected power range of some 200-340hp.

The latest (and more revealing) teaser shows the new concept from the front in a bronze paint finish. Which would be interesting.

While the Toyota coupe will sit above the current 86 in its line-up, the BMW will replace the current ageing roadster of the same name that first went on sale back in 2009.

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The Concept Z4 features another interpretation of BMW's signature kidney grille, seen recently on the Concept X2 and Concept 8 Series.

With BMW presenting us the new concept Z4 it fiercely rebuttals all those claiming the company has become a luxury crossover company. The traditional BMW kidney grilles are still present but they're wider than ever before and feature a new mesh type design rather than the familiar slatted look that we're accustomed to.

The Concept Z4's design takes cues from classic roadsters. But a shorter hood and "crisp" overhangs in the wedge-shaped concept put the driver closer to the center of the vehicle than in previous BMW roadsters, the company says.

On the inside there's no attempt to reinvent the wheel, but the way the digital instrument cluster and central screen butt up against each other, giving you options to place vital information wherever you feel most comfortable with it, is a nice touch. "This is total freedom on four wheels". These add protection in the event of a rollover collision and also give an aesthetic nod to open-topped race cars from years gone by, which featured buttresses behind the driver's head - again, for rollover protection, but also to help aerodynamics.

  • Toni Ryan