Future production Z4 will be inspired by this concept; the final model was co-developed by Toyota
16 August 2017

BMW has offered another glimpse of its Z4 concept ahead of its reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 17 August.

A new preview image released on social media shows that the open-top concept will feature a long bonnet and a pair of rear butresses. The car's sleek design looks similar to that of the BMW Gina concept of 2008.

The shape will influence the design of the upcoming production Z4, due in 2019; however, that car is expected to feature a more conventional folding soft top, as seen on Z4 development cars.

The third-generation Z4 is part of what BMW’s head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, describes as the most comprehensive new model push.

Codenamed G29, the new convertible is being developed in a joint engineering programme between BMW and Toyota, which will sell a coupé version as the Supra.

The two cars, which have been seen testing in development form on public roads for several months, will be produced alongside each other at Magna in Austria.

BMW is said to have retained the Z4 name for its future model, rather than using Z5 as previously rumoured, because Z5 does not fit with its naming structure, which uses even numbers for performance models.

This is backed up by internal correspondence relating to the G29 project, which refers to the car as Z4.

The production Z4 will arrive three months after the new 8 Series, which is due in 2018 and is previewed by the Concept 8 Series.

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance kicks off on 16 August and runs through to 20 August.

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26 May 2017
Not exactly exciting is it?,the Toyota Supra version looks a lot better than this,where is it to be built? the first generation was built in South Carolina,the second in Bavaria. Shouldn't imagine that Porsche will be losing any sleep over losing Boxster sales to this

26 May 2017
@ianp55 The image shown above the article is "as imagined by Autocar". I'm looking forward to the actual Z4 Concept and subsequent model.

26 May 2017
ianp55 wrote:

Not exactly exciting is it?,the Toyota Supra version looks a lot better than this,where is it to be built? the first generation was built in South Carolina,the second in Bavaria. Shouldn't imagine that Porsche will be losing any sleep over losing Boxster sales to this

LOL! What drivel. All you've got is an Autocar mock up and already you're saying the invisible toyota version is better.

27 May 2017
It's a 2-series drop top without the rear seats.

*yawn*

27 May 2017
I don't think so. It was developed between Toyota and BMW.

29 May 2017
It's BMW's convention to name coupe models with an even number (2-, 4-, and 6-series, X4 and X6, and the Z4), and sedan models with an odd number (3-, 5-, and 7-series, and X3, X5).
This revised nomenclature was announced by BMW almost 5-years ago with the introduction of the redesigned 4-series model.

15 August 2017

I hope it stays true to the concept as this!

15 August 2017

I was beginning to panick.  BMW very quiet at the moment.  Hasn't been a new model leaked since Friday. 

Wonder what's in store THIS Friday? 

15 August 2017

Looks like a nice machine. Wonder if X-drive will be an option too?

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