Whilst rumours of a new car by BMW have been circulating for months now, including a recent leak of the interior, there was still plenty of information I was looking forward to finding out from BMW at Concours d’Elegance 2018. Luckily BMW didn’t disappoint me this year!
On August 23rd, BMW debuted the Z4, one year after the concept car was first showcased. The 2019 model features a design sportier, more aggressive and dynamic than the last Z4 model. It has a mesh kidney grille, low bonnet, large air intakes and swooping headlights. This makes it the car I want to see driving around Ottawa’s roads in 2019.
As any good sports car, BMW have built the Z4 with a low centre of gravity, wide tracks and a perfectly balanced 50:50 axle load distribution. Technology wise, only the best is included here, including sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport differential in the rear axle transmission.
In comparison to the concept vehicle seen last year, the car looks significantly more disappointing, with a less dramatic look than that of the concept. This is a shame after the overwhelming reaction at the exterior design I witnessed from the audience at last year’s show.
Luckily the interior of the car makes up for the exterior shortcomings, with a leather trim and Harman Kardon Surround Sound System.
More variants of the car will launch on 19th September 2018, where the various engine options, trim, and equipment levels will also be announced. I’m hoping the price is in line with the last generation, but a price hike is rumoured.