Here's your first look at the BMW Z4 Concept

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This would see the Supra being offered as a tin-top only, while the BMW will be sold exclusively as a soft-top roadster. United Kingdom sales will be under way by the middle of next year. Caution is advised due to this car's concept status, but if the design seen here is anything to go by, expect a bold new look when the 2018 Z4 is officially revealed. Design boss Adrian van Hooydonk said the auto "expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details".

The Z4's look is all sports auto. The air intakes are low and wide, giving a focused look.

"The BMW Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details". During the car's development, BMW board members considered renaming it. BMW says, however, that the driver is moved a bit closer to the midpoint of the vehicle. And while there has been a move upmarket, it's not quite big enough to warrant that name.

There had been speculation that the Z4's successor would be named the Z5, but that will not happen. The Z4 concept borrows many styling cues from the 8 Series concept, which is a good thing. It's not the only heritage touch, mind: the mesh that fills those kidneys is a nod to the BMW 328 Mille Miglia classic. This Z4 should be lighter than the outgoing vehicle too as it now features a fabric hood rather than a folding hardtop. On the concept, it features two longitudinal vents to accentuate its length. However, these are unlikely to make production, according to Autocar's sources.

We need this. We need more two-seater roadsters in the world.

If you're still searching for the flawless word to describe BMW's 8 Series concept, "stunning" might be a good one. As previously reported, the production version of the concept auto to debut in 2017.

The automobile brand launched the teaser image a month ago but it was fully camouflaged and had very little to show.

Accommodation is said to have improved thanks to the car's increased overall dimensions. 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.

The new Z4 is anticipated to be manufacturer only as a roadster, and not as a coupe. "All of which shines a bright stylistic spotlight on the car's rear-wheel drive", says BMW's overly-elaborate press release.

Mechanically, the next gen Z4 is expected to arrive in three variants.

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