BMW concept Z4 reveal at concours d’elegance in pebble beach
On the occasion of the 2017 concours d’elegance at pebble beach, the BMW ‘concept Z4’ received its official world premier mere hours after the concept’s design first surfaced online. dynamic, progressive and exuding in sophistication, the roadster combines emotionally appealing forms with unadulterated driving pleasure. designboom is at the exclusive event in california, where we spoke to adrian van hooydonk, senior vice president BMW group design.
In comparison to previous BMW ‘Z’ models, the concept’s bonnet and overhangs are shortened, placing the driver and passenger in a more advanced seating position than before. defined by just a few precise lines, the muscular bodywork details flow from the shark nose at the front, along the flanks, to the elegant back.
this distinguishes the car in a dynamic wedge shape that highlights the agility of the BMW ‘Z4’, as well as typical design cues of roadsters.
furthemore, the surface’s dramatic sculpture continues the automotive brand’s new design language – first shown with the ‘concept 8 series‘ in may, 2017 – which focuses on a more luxurious style.
Paired with this sophisticated styling, the BMW ‘Z4 concept’ adorns a matte paint finish in ‘frozen energetic‘ orange, which subtly adds additional tones between the body’s minimal lines.
In unison to the exterior, the interior continues its direction and color scheme, with only a chrome trim strip providing separation between the two.
A ying-yang split between black and orange partitions the driver’s area from the passenger’s. the cockpit reinforces the roadster’s focus on the driving experience with an instrument panel and center stack that encompasses the driver. finished entirely in black in order to accentuate the orange highlights, the cluster and central information display helps to deliver an ergonomic ‘cone of vision’ so that the occupant can focus entirely on the road. They combine to communicate the right information at the right time, with route guidance, playlists or other infotainment features available at ease.
The first concept car unveiled was the BMW Concept 8 Series that was first shown at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May. The second was the world premiere of the BMW Concept Z4. Both concepts are previews of the series production cars set to be revealed over the course of next year.
After an 18-year hiatus, the ‘8 Series’ name returns to the BMW portfolio with the BMW Concept 8 Series that serves as a preview of a forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupe – slated for launch in 2018.
The BMW Concept 8 Series will be shown publicly on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, 20th August. The World Premiere BMW Concept Z4 Roadster will have its only U.S.A public showing on the Concept Lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, 20th August.
BMW fans, were shown two very pretty concept cars within quick succession of each other. Even more fortunate, still, they’re both two-door sports coupes, proving that BMW intends to keep its sports cars alive. Both of these very pretty concept cars, the BMW 8 Series Concept and the BMW Concept Z4, will be seen at Pebble Beach recently. But the question is, which car is prettier?
The BMW 8 Series Concept a stunning car and proves that BMW still has some pretty cars left in it. It had all the right styling cues for a big, luxurious, grand-touring coupe. Long hood, short rear deck, sleek silhouette and a proper driving position all make the 8 Series a classic GT car. It’s one of the best looking concepts BMW has made in ages.
As for the BMW Concept Z4, it’s everything we’d want in a BMW roadster. With striking similarity to the 8 Series, the Concept Z4 is low, wide and angry. It, too, has a long hood and short rear deck. The driver seemingly sits on the rear axle. It looks superb. The double-bubble style rear is also fantastic looking. Maybe it’s just me, but the Concept Z4 reminds me of the BMW 328 Hommage Concept from years back.
On the inside, both cars are strikingly similar. Low seating positions occupy driver-oriented cockpits, with similar steering wheels, shift levers and gauge clusters. It’s all very sport, all very high-tech. Yet, at the same time, both cabins seem classic and cool. These designs could have looked good 50 years ago, minus all the tech, obviously.
It’s hard to choose between the two. Though, if I absolutely had to, I’d go for the Concept Z4. And that’s odd because I’m typically not a convertible person. But the double-bubble styling, angry face and sexy taillights all make it very desirable.
The BMW 8 Series interior focuses on the essential: the task of driving. Once behind the wheel, the driver is wrapped in the tightly enclosed ambience typical of sports cars.
The surfaces and lines all gravitate forwards and underscore the dynamic driving experience. The grouping of functions into control clusters, e.g. in the center stack, the center console and the doors, gives the BMW 8 Series interior a clear graphic structure.