Correct me if I’m wrong but I heard that convertibles are no longer allowed here in Myanmar (we are open to corrections on this). But the BMW Z4 concept is one car I wish that could make an exemption of so we can have even just the pleasure of seeing it on the streets of Myanmar. People her love cars that are fast and looks good and the BMW Z4 concept is a combination of both.
Slashes in the hood, ‘Air Breathers’ behind the front wheels and LED taillights that wrap right around the rear make it a proper eye-catcher. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…this is the concept, the showroom version will inevitably be toned down a bit. No word on whether it’ll keep the current Z4’s weighty folding top, or return to the Z3’s canvas. We’re hoping the latter.
What we do know is it’ll be rear-driven. “Light and shaded surfaces develop in a rising movement towards the rear, then twist to form muscular wheel arches and athletic volumes. All of which shines a bright stylistic spotlight on the car’s rear-wheel drive,” says BMW’s overly-elaborate press release. This is interesting because we know this car has been co-developed with the new (coupe-only) Toyota Supra, also due on sale in 2018, and both cars will share hybrid technology.
It’s rumored that both BMW and Toyota will deploy a gasoline-electric version using BMW’s four-cylinder turbocharged gasolie engine with electric motors on the front axle fed by supercapacitors. So, four-wheel drive and instant acceleration. The suggestion from this press release is that the BMW at least will get rear-drive, conventionally-powered versions, too.
The shared platform is believed to harness BMW’s expertise in carbon fiber and aluminum learned from its i3/i8 venture, but we’re speculating here. BMW is intentionally keeping its lights on tech nuggets at this stage, to give the styling a chance to shine.
On the inside there’s no attempt to reinvent the wheel, but the way the digital instrument cluster and central screen butt up against each other, giving you options to place vital information wherever you feel most comfortable with it, is a nice touch. There’s a contrasting color scheme for the driver and a lap timer on the base of the steering wheel, although we doubt either of these will make the final cut.
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