BMW’s Concept Z4 Breaks Cover At Pebble Beach

With a powerfully sculpted exterior and overall compact proportions, the BMW Concept Z4 is the Bavarian automaker’s brand new take on what a roadster should look like.

On top of that, the Concept Z4 features multiple classic roadster design cues, like the long wheelbase, low-slung silhouette and compact rear end. It also has a short bonnet and “crisp overhangs”, helping the driver sit closer to the center of the car than in previous BMW roadsters.

“The BMW Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details,” said designer Adrian van Hooydonk.

“From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end; a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion.”

While the sculpted shark nose at the front was at least partly visible in previous teaser or leaked images, now we can also admire the Concept Z4’s eye-catching rear end in high resolution, a rear that sees the car’s flanks interacting with the flared wheel arches and L-shaped taillights, enhancing the roadster’s sporty appearance.

Above the rear lights, the boot lid stretches all the way to the wheel arch extensions, while the large air outlets in the rear apron are meant to create their own “dynamic impression”, according to the automaker. Last but not least, there’s a carbon fiber diffuser flanked by a pair of angular exhaust tips.

The front end is at least just as exciting to look at as the rear, with a low-set broad kidney grille (featuring an elaborately designed mesh) that takes us back to early BMW roadsters such as the 328 Mille Miglia. As for the headlights, positioned higher up than on recent models, they spark a friendly association with the BMW Z8.

Moving on to the interior, BMW say that much of the cabin was intended to adopt the color of the car’s exterior, thus creating a visual connection between the outside and inside of the concept – with only a chrome trim strop providing some separation. What’s particularly interesting is that BMW finished the driver’s seat, as well as the door trim panels, instrument panel and center stack on the driver’s side in black, whereas the passenger seat, half the dashboard and the other door panel were dipped in orange, matching the exterior of the car.

Both the instrument cluster as well as the central information display are angled towards the driver and positioned at almost the same height, almost giving the impression of a single, cohesive unit. The driver can also receive information in his or her direct field of view via the concept’s Head-Up Display. Overall, none of the controls are meant to distract from the driving experience, which is why trim elements within the cabin are also minimalist in nature.

In the end, the Concept Z4 is simply meant to offer a preview of the series-production version, which is set to be unveiled sometime next year.


  • KidRed

    Oh my, I want those wheels. Concept looks awesome and i’m digging the interesting layout treatment to the angel eyes.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Very nice! Great shape. The driver’s seat being a different colour than the passenger seat is a bit played out.

  • Eunos

    The front end looks hideous

  • fabri99

    Looks fantastic from every angle, but I fear the front-end may be a little…anonymous. It doesn’t remind me of a BMW at all, it is definitely generic and very similar to those of Infinitis and the AMG GT.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Hopefully the production car isn’t too diluted from the concept.

    • vaybach khan

      They will draw a line over the hood..

  • nastinupe

    I love it! It’s a home run! Now to just hope and pray that the performance it’s just as amazing.

  • AEE91

    Doesn’t look like a bmw. Thumbs up!

  • TheBelltower

    The car is great. A little less of man bun guy would be nice.

  • jaykit

    Fantastic car. A nice evolution of the Z4.

    Is that DJ Aoki walking around in the shots?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    It looks OK, but I DO NOT GET THESE MODELS THEY USE…WHAT! does that person ADD? Nothing!

    But the car looks pretty nice…

  • Six_Tymes

    i’m not crazy about the front, but not bad, the rest looks very VERY good, BUT, concept usually do.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Stylish concept.

  • Very very nice.
    I just hope Toyota won’t screw it up with the Supra (based on this same car) with hideous over-styling.

  • eb110americana

    Reminds me of what the Pontiac Solstice might have evolved into if it had stuck around for another generation. The vertical triangular headlights, the low double-kidney grille, the speedster humps behind the headrests, the high beltline, the driver-angled center stack, even the orange color the Solstice was first shown in. The BMWs horizontal taillights do much more to accentuate the car’s width compared to the vertical units on the Pontiac. Overall, I like it a lot. Probably the most unfortunate concession to production will be an ugly panel gap connecting the headlights above the grille. I hope they can keep the long hood look of the concept without breaking it up in that way.

  • Nordschleife

    Those floating wing like tail lamps are stunning. I definitely hope those make it into production.

    • rodriguez256

      I love the way they flow into the body work. Nicely done.

  • john1168

    Beautiful concept. It appears about 90% production ready. I wonder how the Supra will turn out…

  • SteersUright

    Wow, look at these positive comments. Am I the only one who things this thing is ugly? Then again, I find most modern BMW’s ugly, including the i8 “supercar” thats slower than a Focus RS. To me, this thing looks construed of so many competing design languages that they result in one sad looking, incoherent shape. The rear in particular, is almost nice, almost. Yet the more I look at it it looks like it half-way into mutating into something else. In the front, I see cheap looking Infiniti Q60 headlights, a black “underbite”, floating front airscoop thing that looks tacked on like an afterthought, and grotesquely large and gaudy renditions of what I suppose are “BMW kidney grilles”. I also see a fat, thick body with very high window sills exuding just the opposite image of a light, lithe, and lean sporting machine. I also see way too massive of a front overhang, too much “body” just above the front wheel wells, and the overall shape resembles a Russian home-made sports car from a Youtube video.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    looks less like a bmw and more like a lexus

  • Enter Ranting

    You can tell it’s sporty, ’cause it has giant fake grilles in the corners of the front bumper. Just like every single car currently on sale in the world.

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