Future Cars: 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster Flips Its Lid

BMW’s partnership with Toyota to co-develop an all-new Supra and BMW Z4 Roadster has car enthusiasts buzzing with excitement.

While there’s been too much hype surrounding the new Supra and its impending reveal, the limelight is now turning towards BMW’s Z4 Roadster after camo-clad prototypes were recently caught wearing significantly less disguise.

So let’s take off the tester’s camouflage and look at what’s altered from the Z4 concept, which was launched last summer at Pebble Beach, on the way to production.

Contemporary BMW Design

The outgoing Z4 has a sleek profile with classic rear-wheel-drive proportions. Luckily, its replacement retains that long hood and short deck appearance.

BMW’s twin kidney grille has become sharper at the outer edges and adaptive LED headlights mimic those from the concept. Sadly, the hood doesn’t quite retain those shapely vents from the show car and looks restrained in comparison.

Fender vents and scalloped lower doors add dynamism to the bodywork. Checking it out from the rear reveals unique LED taillights, angular bumper cutouts, dual exhausts and a ducktail-style deck lid.

Open Air Accommodation

Drivers will be treated to a much improved cabin combining luxurious with sporty touches. Styling elements of the Z4 concept remain, yet areas like the digital gauge cluster, infotainment display and switchgear will be familiar to anyone that has seen BMW’s latest crop of vehicles.

Technophiles should be impressed by a revamped iDrive setup incorporating gesture control and a large touchscreen. Wireless device charging, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot and BMW Connected services are also tipped to feature.

The Ultimate Driving Machine

Propelling the new Z4 will be a range of four- and six-cylinder engines. A turbocharged 2.0-litre four producing around 200 horses will kick off the lineup, at least in Europe and select markets around the world, while North America’s base model should get a 2.0L producing around 250 horses. Those wanting more oomph will have the option of a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six in two states of tune, with 335hp and 385hp respectively.

Power will be sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. There will be a six speed manual option, although some reports claim it will be limited to the 2.0-liter engines.

Platform-sharing with the new Supra suggests it could have sportier handling compared to its predecessor, but it isn’t expected to be the hardcore corner carver like its Japanese promises to be.

Topless Rivals

The 2019 Z4 will go up against the usual crop of topless sports models such as Audi’s TT Roadster, Porsche’s 718 Boxster, the Mercedes-Benz SLC and Jaguar’s F-Type convertible.

While its Gazoo-branded Supra sibling will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show on March 6, the Z4 is tipped for an official reveal later this year or in early 2019.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • ErnieB

    I know which car I won’t get next! Looks nothing like the beautiful concept.. if this is it.. pass!

    • Christian

      Well,how is the future else? You must come from the future since you can say that a car that is not even ben showed yet is ugly.. No wonder 13 Russian made all the accounts, to boost Trump’s presidency…

      • Mind Synthetic

        shut it or Russians will hack your accounts and make you the next looser president.

        • Christian

          From Europe….

          • Six Thousand Times

            Hey, Russian trolls wield a lot of influence!

          • Mind Synthetic

            so, russians dont care.

          • Christian

            You mean A person from Russia or all the Russians dosen’t care? What does they not care about, also?

      • CarCzarDesigner

        What does American politics have to do with a peek, of the introduction of this new BMW? Answer, nothing! You wanna talk politics? Go elsewhere! Or didn’t you notice the warning to stay on subject?

        • Christian

          Do also ask a person what they Sexually Identify as?

          • CarCzarDesigner

            No. But you obviously do! How is that relative to what I posted or the subject? What is your explanation, other than your childish, moronic postings? You seem to be more interested in your European “Police State”- Politically Correctness, fascists beliefs than talking about cars.

          • Christian

            Sorry mr PC. 🙂

      • ErnieB

        I said “of this is it..” not saying this is..

      • Nordschleife

        I guess you missed the part where where they said “if this is it”.

  • Charles Lane

    Thanks to this the E89 will dip in value but not nearly as much as it should being “the last gen” this car looks terrible. The Supra though has a good chance

    • MarketAndChurch

      So the Supra is based on this? Not the 8-series? I was hoping it would be a low-end supercar like the Nissan GT-R.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Would have made sense, but…BMW would never allow it.
        The LC500 is the Supra that Toyota will not build, a true Corvette rival.

        All in all, I am pretty convinced this Supra/Z4 combo will flop. How hard is anybody’s guess.

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  • fgclolz

    I actually like it, better than what the upcoming 8 series would look next to its concept. Still looks better than the cartoon-faced Supra. Now give me a coupe version mated with a 6 MT and we’re talkin’.

    • LWOAP

      There is a coupe version, it’s called the Supra. It may not come with a manual though.

      • fgclolz

        But I don’t like the look of the Supra.

        • LWOAP

          Don’t worry. I’m pretty sure the Supra and Z4 will be almost identical underneath so it may be easy to convert it to look like a BMW.

  • roy

    The front looks more like Kia every time I see it.

    • Bo Hanan

      I see a Kia Roadster too.

    • ZYGIUS

      Dont insult KIA

      • roy

        Sorry m8

  • Mind Synthetic

    wow, just wow. bmw what kind paint thinner have you been sniffing?

  • CarCzarDesigner

    Your render is better than what the actual will look like, unfortunately. Your version makes it look a lot more elegant & sexy. But nice try!

  • Dennis James

    The render looks way too good, BMW makes the ugliest headlights in the business so you can be sure that the real Z4 will not look like the render.

  • c3vzn

    Got to say that your renderings have been a bit of a miss for a while. I respect your skill but the proportions have been really off and make all the cars look bulbous and strange.

    I think you need to look closer at the concepts and understand their finer details before trying to predict a production version. You should also start doing rear views, that might help adding more context.

  • OD. LP

    Kinda looks like the Kia Stinger… If it were a coupe and a convertible… Not good BMW, not good.

  • Nordschleife

    I agree with the rear views but your renders are fine. Better than most and you can only use what you know about the vehicle. They don’t all get concepts first and you did what you did to make a production like model. I think the rendering is fine. I just think the actual car won’t look as good.

  • gordono

    Why can’t they make it like the concurs d’elegance prototype. This ugly conspicuous hood line is gross. Such a bummer. But I suspect your image is correct. Ugh.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The spy shots show nicer proportions than the render.

  • haudit

    Awkward proportions, clumsy detailing and unusually large door handles. The cabin seems to be noticeably further forward than on the old Z4, and the front overhang seems longer, all of which has the effect of rendering the looks strangely short and tall, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what you want on a front-engined, RWD sports car.

    • LeStori

      Happens because you have to have somewhere for the “flop-top” to be stored. As ungainly as the balding men and these with hair-overs will look when driving one.

  • c3vzn

    No worries. Looking forward to the next render.

  • LeStori

    Soft top cars are for women, and men under 35. Anyone else looks like a fool. Put a hard top on it.

  • GobbleUp

    Horrible lil Merc-ish BMW ripoff.

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