Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Auto: A new Z from BMW

BMW has released the first teaser image of a new roadster concept.

Set to debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 17th, the model is expected to preview the upcoming Z4 / Z5.

The picture doesn't reveal much but it shows the car will have a long hood, a rakish windscreen, and what appears to be two rollover hoops. We can also see prominent wheel arches, a rear spoiler, and slender taillights.

The company is keeping details under wraps but the new Z-Series will ride on a unique platform that has been jointly-developed by BMW and Toyota.

Previous spy photos have shown the model will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and adopt a more stylish front fascia with a larger grille that is flanked by sweptback headlights. The car will also feature a curvaceous rear end with slender taillights and a dual exhaust system.

We've only seen a few glimpses of the interior but drivers can expect to find a three-spoke steering wheel, a larger infotainment system, and a wide center console.

A variety of engines are expected including a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder. Detailed specifications remain elusive but spy photos suggested the Z4 s20i will develop 197 PS (145 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque.

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