The Exciting BMW Concept Z4 Roadster Boasts a Fresh Design

The BMW Concept Z4 is the talk of the automotive press at the moment, with the roadster marking a new direction for the company in more ways than one might think. The Concept Z4 was co-developed with Toyota, and -- along with the recent 8-series preview vehicle -- highlights an exciting new design direction for BMW.

The chiseled body is a departure from the flowing nature of the roadster's predecessor, and features a jutting shark-nose that emphasizes the vehicle's sharp back lean. At first glance, the body appears to extremely angular, that's just an illusion that's created by the way the hood and fender intersect; there's isn't one flat spot or line that doesn't also have a subtle curve. The rounded rear features the now-familiar hockey-stick taillights, while extravagant versions of the BMW air ventricles ride in the corners and cut down on the bumper's visual heft.

Nobody knows which engine will move the production Z4, but the odds-on favorite is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's standard issue for the current model -- with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six offered as an available upgrade. We expect the vehicle to feature a six-speed manual transmission, with an eight-speed automatic transmission optional.

The center stack and instrument cluster are both placed at nearly eye level and focused towards the driver, making it easy to monitor all necessary data. Since the rest of the concept's interior is likely to be tweaked prior to the production version hitting dealerships, we're waiting to see what makes the final cut.

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