BMW Z4 Concept to Debut in August

BMW will take the covers off a Z4 Concept this summer at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in mid-August. 

According to Autocar, the open-top concept is in the final stages of production and will preview the third-generation Z4, which should go on sale in late 2018.

Toyota played a hand in developing the Z4 thanks to a joint venture with the Japanese automaker and BMW. An all-new Toyota Supra will be the result for the Japanese brand, to be sold as a coupe only. Likewise, the Z4 is said to only be offered as a convertible and since the beginning of production, the companies have said that the two cars will not be direct competitors.

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What will be under the hood remains the biggest mystery, with rumors pointing to a turbocharged inline six-cylinder from BMW and possibly a hybrid system supplied by Toyota. Recent spy photos also revealed some paperwork that could be seen sporting specs, revealing that a Z4 S20i will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with about 200 horsepower.

A six-speed manual gearbox has also been seen in spy photos, so expect it as an option.

Thanks to an all-new platform developed in conjunction with Toyota, the new Z4 should weigh quite a bit less than the current model, also helped by the ditching of a hardtop convertible roof in favor of simple cloth.

[Source: Autocar]

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