When BMW revealed the Z4 concept at Pebble Beach last year, it got us excited about the Bavarian roadster for the first time in years. Sure, we enjoyed the BMW Z4 sDrive35is, but updates have been minimal, and the Porsche Boxster S has always been the superior driver’s car. As we get closer to the official reveal, there’s still the question of how different the production version will look, but if these leaked images are to be believed, it’s not all that different.
Over the weekend, the SupraMKV fan forum posted what appear to be leaked images of the redesigned Z4. The original source of the images is unclear, but Instagram user liucunyi posted the earliest copies we were able to find. The background and the identity of someone in the driver’s seat have all been erased, presumably to make it more difficult for BMW to find the source of the leak, but they still show a clear view of the car itself.
Assuming the car shown here is an actual production model, the designers appear to have stuck closely to the concept. It’s not quite as striking in production form, but it’s still better looking than the last Z4. Then again, without the concept’s extreme styling, it does look less unique. The front reminds us of the Fiat 124 Spider, and from the side, we see some Mercedes-Benz SLC.
We also recently had the opportunity to drive a preproduction prototype where we learned the U.S.-spec Z4 M40i will get a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six good for 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. We can’t say for sure how it will hold up against the 718 Boxster S, but it did feel like a proper sports car. In fact, one BMW rep admitted the Z4 M40i laps the test track quicker than the current M2.
Regardless of how much you like the design, that news alone should be enough to get you excited about BMW’s newest roadster.
Check out photos of the BMW Z4 concept in the gallery below.