BMW chose this opportunity to reveal the new 2018 BMW Z4 in concept form at the Pebble Beach. And for the record, if we’ve learnt something, that’d be BMW’s intention to shake things up a little. Along with the 8 Series, the past couples of months has been rather ‘contemporary’ in regards of what’s out there.
Although the Z4 is now a mere concept, it is in fact on its way to becoming a reality. If everything goes right, it is expected to launch by late 2018. Currently, we are only having a taste of their candy. It’s not much, but we now at least get a heads-up of what’s coming to be. By all means, not all bits of the concept will be in the final product. But this shows us the core elements and what the next generation of BMW should look like.
The 2018 BMW Z4 is gorgeous, and rightfully so. We may agree that the striking bronze-steel-plated body is formidable on its own – for the least. They chose the right color to debut the Z4. But surely enough, there is more than just the color.
The year 2018 marks for a revolution of car aesthetic, the definition of exotic and sporty altered. The new Z4 is no exception. It now looks more aggressive and exotic in contrast to its predecessor. That, however, does not mean BMW is losing touch of what they are. Although challenging, we may say that they indeed carried over the classical BMW vibe. Above all the transformations, there is just something about the design that whispers BMW. That is what we refer to as a metamorphosis, a good one for that matter.
Inside the 2018 BMW Z4
It has been a while since we last saw a soft-top convertible, that is, retractable fabric roof. In this time and age, majority of car makers are adhering to hard-tops instead. It is quite a rare sight to see the soft-top making a come back. But in the midst of soft-top convertible heading for the end of life-cycle, the attempt is ambiguous. They are not playing it safe, that much is expected.
Now, BMW is not the only one with a soft-top in hand at the event. Aston Martin took the chance to announce additional members to the Vanquish Zagato family. One of the new member, the Speedster, is evidently incorporating a soft-top as well. All these deals at once, the Pebble Beach is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite automotive exhibition in history.
The new design of 2018 BMW Z4 shows how much the car maker is willing to change. Now with significant alteration – deeper edges, engorged bumpers – these are good, but there is more. The chassis is lower and wider, and the overall form presents a more razor-like vibe. But again, not all of these changes will be carried over to the actual production model. They have to be more practical. For one, a fabric-roof hoop may replace the buttresses behind the seats. Also, we are expecting a tone-down of most of its traits.
There is no concrete information about the spec at the moment. But insider points out that there might be 3 variations of the new Z4. The first one might be the 2.0-litre turbo sDrive20i and sDrive30i, both run at 181 bhp and 248 bhp respectively. And the best one of them all is the 3.0-litre turbocharged M40i rumoured to produce 355bhp. They are all available in six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed automatic. All variations bear the badge of rear-wheel drive, as how it always has been.