New BMW Z4 teased

Sports road­ster re­turns to its roots

Motor (Australia) - - THE NEWS -

BMW’s Z4 is re­turn­ing to its roots as a back-to-ba­sics, soft-top road­ster fo­cused on driv­ing thrills. The Z4 Con­cept, re­vealed ahead of this year’s Peb­ble Beach con­cours, pre­views the new styling di­rec­tion, how­ever, BMW pro­vided next to no de­tails re­gard­ing the car’s me­chan­i­cal make-up.

Thank­fully, MO­TOR’s Euro­pean sleuth Ge­org Kacher can help join the dots. Co-de­vel­oped with the new Toy­ota Supra as part of a sports car joint ven­ture be­tween the two mak­ers, ditch­ing the heavy fold­ing hard­top will keep weight down to be­tween 1350-1430kg de­pend­ing on the vari­ant.

Three en­gines are ex­pected to be of­fered, a 147kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo four s20i, the same en­gine in 180kW/380Nm guise for the s30i and a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo six for the range-top­ping M40i. Sadly, no M ver­sion is ex­pected due to the mod­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired push­ing the price too high.

Set for a 2018 pro­duc­tion de­but, prices are still some way from be­ing fi­nalised, but there is a de­sire to keep them in the same ball­park as the out­go­ing Z4.

The flashy de­tails will be toned down a lit­tle, but es­sen­tially you’re look­ing at the new Z4, set to be re­vealed in 2018

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