As BMW gears up for the official reveal of the new Z4 Roadster, a series of patent images allegedly showing the full production version of the new open-top two-seater sports car has found its way online.
This is the first time we can clearly see what the brand new Z4 will look like. As expected, the production version borrows heavily from last year’s Z4 Concept which served as a preview.
According to these patent images -first shown by Autoweek.nl– the new Z4 will retain the classic long nose-short rear proportions and soft top, with the cabin sitting closer to the rear axle and the front end dominated by BMW’s wide kidney grille.
BMW recently revealed a few details about the upcoming new Z4, mentioning that the range-topping version will be the M40i. The fastest derivative of the new Bavarian roadster -at least initially- will be powered by a new “extremely powerful” six-cylinder engine. The most recent reports talk about a twin-turbo 3.0-liter unit making between 360hp and 380hp.
The upcoming BMW Z4 M40i will also feature a lowered sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, along with a new front axle and a locking rear differential. BMW promises that the new Z4 will be a “purebred roadster”. It will interesting to see if the new Bavarian Z will finally become a true Porsche Boxster rival, given that the chassis was co-developed with Toyota as it’s also going to be used in the new Supra.
“The high level of body stiffness and the very rigid suspension attachment provide the perfect basis for a set-up that guarantees the performance qualities of a genuine sports car in terms of steering precision as well as longitudinal and transverse acceleration,” said BMW’s suspension guru Jon vas As a week ago.
The new 2019 BMW Z4 is expected to be revealed this summer and make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall.