We’re guessing that in a bit of crisis management, BMW has decided that these images shouldn’t form most people’s critical first impression of their big-budget new roadster, and press shots of the new car have miraculously appeared online at Belgium’s autotijd.be site ahead of the car’s Pebble Beach unveil on August 23rd.
The pictures show a good deal more detail, including the design of the fascia, the revised gear lever and iDrive controller, a new alloy wheel design for the roadster and a different silver treatment for the squared-off rollover hoops, contrasting with the piano black finish in the earlier shots. The press shots also highlight a striking swage line that runs from the front wheel arch straight up onto the flank above the rear wheel, giving the fuselage a taut, wedgy impression.
As before, the car pictured is the M40i, which gets much the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo lump found in the M240i. With 500Nm and up to 285kW (dependent on market), it also gets adaptive dampers and an electronic limited-slip differential as standard. An eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice.