Earlier this week we saw a few pics of the 2019 BMW Z4 live in the metal, but here’s the G29 looking prettier in leaked official images circulating online. The third-generation roadster will be officially unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California on August 23.

Like the car we saw earlier, this is the new Z4 in its most sporty and potent guise – the M40i. Also in red, which we presume is the hero colour for the roadster, it matches what we’ve seen so far.

The production G29 retains much of the wedge-shaped design of the concept from last year’s Pebble Beach show. As on the show car, the low nose is dominated by trapezoidal double kidney grilles – filled with Y-shaped inserts rather than the usual BMW slats – that are flanked by vertical headlights and hexagonal “corona ring” LED daytime running lights.

On the profile, the scalloped flanks flow upwards out of the deep “Air Breather” vents towards the pert rump, where they intersect with the three-dimensional L-shaped tail lights and the ducktail rear spoiler. As the Z4 M40i is an M Performance model that sits just a rung below full fat M cars, it receives a sportier front air intake design with an exaggerated U-shaped scoop, faux rear vents and a larger rear diffuser with integrated twin pipes.

Compared to the previous pics, which had gloss black wheels, the official images you see here show the Z4 wearing brighter rims, which show off the twin five-spoke design and blue brake calipers.

We also get to see a glimpse of the Z4’s two-seat cabin, as well as some interior close ups. The driver-foucsed design is obvious, and the centre stack is minimalist – a satin-framed wide centre screen sits above air vents and two slim rows of buttons (for climate and audio).

The centre console and gear lever area is as per the 8 Series Coupe – it has the knurled metal rotary iDrive dial but not the flagship coupe’s glass gear knob. A push to open cubby ahead of the gear area reveals a USB port and a wireless charging pad for smartphones. The digital meter panel is identical to the BMW Live Cockpit Professional item seen on the grand tourer, except for the model logo, of course. Also similar is the three-spoke steering wheel.

The new Z4 has been jointly developed with Toyota and will share its platform, components and powertrains with the upcoming Supra, although each will have distinct styling and performance setups. Also, the Supra is a coupe, while the Z4 is a convertible, with BMW returning to a rag top after trying on a folding metal roof in the previous-gen E89.

We already know that the Z4 M40i will feature a straight-six engine (likely the 360 hp/500 Nm 3.0 litre twin-scroll turbo unit found on the X3/X4 M40i), lowered sports suspension, adaptive dampers, a newly developed front axle, staggered M light alloy wheels, M sports brakes and an electronic limited-slip differential. For more, we’ll have to wait for next week.


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