BMW Z4 2018 introduces major redesign – and here’s what it looks like

BMW has unveiled a new concept variant of the BMW Z4, in hopes of teasing prospective car buyers ahead of the full reveal next year.

The BMW Z4 launched as a range of roadster and coupé sports cars back in 2002, and has quickly become one of BMW’s most iconic models thanks to its long-nosed, ready-to-pounce aesthetic. The most recent second-generation model ran from 2009 to 2016, with the third-generation pegged for launch in 2018.

At this month’s Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in California, we finally caught a glimpse of this long-awaited third-generation range of BMW Z4, thanks to the reveal of the new BMW Concept Z4.

Check it out:

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As you can see, this is classic Z4 design, with a svelte body and sweeping lines that draw the bonnet down the sides of the car and out through to the rear. BMW has retained the lithe and compact build, which means the Z4 looks as sporty as ever.

“The BMW Concept Z4 is an all-out driving machine,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior VP of BMW Group design. “Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness.”

He added: “This is total freedom on four wheels.”

Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW

The long wheel-base and low-slung design give the impression of a stretched silhouette that ends sharply at the back. BMW is clearly looking for an agile appearance on the outside.

But the interior is also slick and luxurious, with a touchscreen infotainment system mounted in an all-black central console, and a Heads-Up Display that presents key driving information “within the driver’s direct field of view”.

It all sounds wonderful, but we’re not yet privy to pricing or the final design, and the only release date info is that it’ll begin with an ’18 model year. So while we wait for a proper launch, here are some images to peruse in the meantime:

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Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW

Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW

Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW


Credit: Agnieszka Doroszewicz / BMW

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