BMW’s efforts to keep the all-new BMW Z4 under wraps have been undermined by the discovery of patent images in the Netherlands, more than two months before the two-door roadster’s official reveal.
So far we’ve only seen the G29 Z4 under camouflage, but the design registration images, uncovered by Dutch website Autoweek, provide further aesthetic details, including its faithfulness to the stunning Z4 Concept unveiled at Pebble Beach last October.
These new images suggest the soft-top Z4 will adopt the Concept’s broader kidney grille, a staple of BMW styling that has been growing in size with BMWs evolving design-language, albeit with unique, vertically-stacked headlights in this application.
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The lower-bumper design features the Concept’s large air intakes on either side, which should bring proper aggression to its kerbside appearance once shown in full. Other similarities include the large vents behind the front wheels, and sharp, rising creases along the side skirt and shoulder line.
The rear-end is also a subtle nod to the Concept, with a duck-tailed boot lid spoiler, twin exhaust outlets and shorter L-shaped tail-light assembly.
As previously revealed the 2019 Z4, which will share a platform with the new Toyota Supra, will be initially topped by two 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder variants including a 287kW hero version, alongside punchy 134kW and 186kW turbocharged four-cylinder variants and a Toyota-derived hybrid version.
The Z4 is expected to be unveiled in August this year, with full details and specs revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October.