BMW is set to showcase the Z4 concept at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance in August.
Currently in its final stage of construction, the new open-top concept will offer an early glimpse of the new, third-generation Z4, which is planned to go on sale internationally in late 2018 as part of what BMW’s head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, describes as the most comprehensive new model push.
Codenamed G29, the new Z4 is being developed in a joint engineering programme between BMW and Toyota, which will sell a coupé version as the Supra. Both cars have been seen testing in development form on public roads for several months and will be produced alongside one another at Magna in Austria.
BMW is said to have retained the Z4 name for its future model, rather than using Z5 as previously rumoured, because Z5 won’t fit with its naming structure, which uses even numbers for performance models. This is backed up by internal correspondence relating to the G29 project, which all refer to the car as the Z4.
The production Z4 will arrive three months after the new 8-series, which is due in 2018 and is previewed by the 8-series concept.