Published the first pictures of the new BMW Roadster

Like in the classic Z auto tradition of BMW, the new Z4 will be a strict two-seater with probably better levels of cargo-carrying ability. In a surprisingly revealing teaser image, BMW has previewed its new roadster, which will make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California on 17 August.

While the Supra, judging from the spy pictures we've seen so far, will be characterized by round and bubbly shapes, BMW has gone for a far more chiseled and angular look. It should arrive with turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter inline-six engines on offer, which will be available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you're still searching for the flawless word to describe BMW's 8 Series concept, "stunning" might be a good one. Which would be interesting.

A new wedge silhouette, painted flashy Energetic Orange, packs more visual motion than the curvy current-generation Z4 two-seater, but it remains true to its roots. The reason for this emanating from the strategic alliance between BMW and Toyota to profit from their know-how and to spread R&D costs.

Simply put, the Concept Z4 is long, low and wide and contains just about every modern BMW styling characteristic and flourish.

"The BMW Concept Z4 is an all-out driving machine", BMW Group senior vice president of design Adrian van Hooydonk said in a statement.

The Z4 Concept appears to have an auto but, if the vehicle is the "pared back, all-out driving machine" BMW describes it to be, expect the production version to be on offer with a manual gearbox as well.

While some of the more flamboyant design features will be toned down, the overall styling and detailing of the concept is claimed to be
very close to the production vehicle.

The new Z4 is made from a mix of high-strength steel, aluminium and magnesium, which helps make it lighter than its predecessor despite the increase in size. However, the new Supra is likely to only come as a fixed-top coupe, whereas the Z4 will be purely a roadster.

We know what you're about to ask, but a potential 400hp-plus Z4 M is unlikely, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • Essie Rivera