BMW Showcases Z4 Hardtop Touring Concept

BMW's Concept Z4 Hardtop takes inspiration from the 'clown shoe' Z3M
BMW Z4 Concept (3)

BMW has unveiled the one-off Concept Touring Coupe, a unique version of its Z4 Roadster, at the prestigious Villa D'Este car show on Lake Como. Inspired by BMW's compact two-seater coupes of the past, including the iconic Z3 M Coupe known as the 'clown shoe,' this concept car showcases a fixed roof design with a shooting brake-like silhouette.

Based on the third-generation Z4 Roadster, the Concept Touring Coupe shares the roadster's distinctive proportions, featuring a short wheelbase, a long front overhang, and a compact tail. The fabric roof of the roadster has been replaced with a new fixed roof that maintains a higher profile until the rear screen, creating a unique aesthetic. The tailgate, exclusive to the Z4, displays a shallow rear window and an aggressively angled ridge above the existing tail lights, accompanied by bespoke rear bumper inserts and gold-finish exhaust outlets. The window frames, front grille, and 20-inch front and 21-inch rear staggered alloy wheels also incorporate gold elements.

Inside the Concept Touring Coupe, BMW has enhanced the existing Z4 cabin with high-quality materials from Italian leather workshop Poltrona Frau. The seats, doors, and lower dash sections feature a saddle brown finish contrasted with a darker chocolate tone, tailored to complement the soft brown exterior paint colour.

Powered by BMW's B58 turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine and paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the Concept Touring Coupe delivers impressive performance. In the road-going Z4 M40i, the engine produces 335bhp and 500Nm of torque, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds.

Although BMW has no plans to put the Concept Touring Coupe into production, it is worth noting that the existing Z4 roadster is unlikely to be replaced beyond its current generation, considering BMW's focus on electric vehicles and profitable SUVs.

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