Let's Take a Look at the BMW Concept Z4 Roadster

News is starting to spread about the next iteration of the BMW Z4 roadster, and it appears to present a new direction for the company in more ways than one. Developed in conjunction with Toyota, the Concept Z4 points to a new direction in BMW design -- one that appears to emphasize angles more than curves.

With a retro-inspired shark-nose front that pushes forward, the car features large vents behind the front wheels that direct air into the scooped out door panels. While the body appears to be fully angular, it's a bit of an optical illusion -- flat spots and lines actually feature subtle curves. The rounded back end features taillights that are reminiscent of those on the i8.

Of course, there's no official word released detailing the powertrain that will be offered in the production Z4, but rumors have it that the rear-wheel drive roadster will offer the same standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder found on the current model, with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six offered as an option. We're placing better than even odds on the vehicle featuring a six-speed manual transmission, with the possibility that an eight-speed automatic transmission will also be offered.

The interior appears to orient the instrument cluster and center stack toward the driver, with both placed at close to eye level. There should be multiple tweaks made to the concept's interior before the production vehicle is offered next year, so we're going to hold off until then before going into more detail.

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