So it’s over to Adrian van Hooydonk, senior VP BMW Group design, and his team to point out for us the 10 elements of the new design of which they are most proud…
1. The proportions.
It’s still obviously a front engine/rear drive two-seater sitting on a long wheelbase, but the bonnet is shorter than before and the driver sits further forward. For van Hooydonk it means a more agile look.
2. New BMW design language.
All the latest BMW tricks and treats are here, especially the broad kidney grille similar to that seen on other recent BMW concepts. Instead of vertical bars, the grille is filled with mesh that the designers say recalls that of the BMW 328 Mille Miglia. “The BMW Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details,” says van Hooydonk.
3. Shark Nose.
Compared with the old Z4, this one’s front end looks like it’s ready to eat you. The pointy profile implies plenty of movement even when the car is stationary, while head-on the apparent simplicity of the trio of air intakes in the front apron belies what is a powerful BMW face. The large carbon-fibre insert in the central air intake is pure motor sport – and maybe too much for the production car? Let’s hope not. For the designers, it amounts to a “very modern and sporting tribute to the celebrated roadsters of BMW’s past.”
4. The twin-headlight BMW light signature is back!
Well, in a hi-tech, more vertical way perhaps. The twin overlapping light ‘tubes’ each side are said to recall the old BMW four-eyed look while mounting them higher up than the grille “sparks deliberate associations with the BMW Z8 and lends the BMW Concept Z4 a certain flamboyance”.
5. Clamshell bonnet.
For the Z4 Concept’s designers, a clamshell bonnet was important in order to curve the bodywork over the wheels, creating a virtually seamless sweep over the front end as a whole. Set into the top of the bonnet are stylised vents.