Lors de Monterey Car Week pour faire le beau à la Pebble Beach, le constructeur BMW joue la continuité du concept vu en mai 2017 à la Villa d’Este avec le BMW Concept Z4. Et c’est bô. Cette fois le style qu’affiche ce Concept Z4, présenté au Concours d’Elégance apparaît assez inédit et annonce la future nouvelle génération du roadster BMW Z4 de série. Officiellement présenté lors de cet événement d’envergure internationale, Pebble Beach, CA. in USA welcome BMW Concept Z4 ‘Energetic Orange Frozen’ !
BMW Concept Z4 Pebble Beach
The BMW Group is using the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach to present its exciting new take on a BMW roadster. Dynamic, progressive and an irresistible purveyor of thrills, the BMW Concept Z4 boasts lithe and compact proportions, a dynamic silhouette and an emotionally appealing use of forms. The attention-grabbing design study offers a look ahead to the series-production version of the car set to be unveiled over the course of next year.
Moteur BMW Concept Z4
Toujours en propulsion, ce modèle Z4 de série sera le fruit de la collaboration avec le japonais Toyota, à qui BMW fournit déjà des moteurs. Le constructeur allemand utilisera la plateforme développée en commun pour la Supra, son futur coupé sportif.
BMW has been working for years with Toyota to create a sports car platform that will underpin a car for each brand. A recent spy video highlights once again the tight cooperation between the two brands on this project with a Toyota prototype being spotted at the BMW M Testing Center in Nurburgring. We know that the BMW Z4 successor will still be called the Z4 and will be built with a chassis designation of G29. Toyota’s Supra will also be built on the chassis code G29. according to bmwblog.com
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Bon ça c’est pour les détails tech. Mais là on va pas trop parler mécanique, on va juste admirer le nouveau style de la Bayerische Motoren Werke 😉 Et quel concept !
Design BMW Concept Z4
“The BMW Concept Z4 in an all-out driving machine. Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness. This is total freedom on four wheels.”
“The BMW Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion.”
– Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design
The BMW Concept Z4 adopts classical roadster design cues, such as a long wheelbase, a low-slung, stretched silhouette and a compact rear end, wraps them in a fresh, confident package and enriches them with the contemporary BMW design language. A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs ensure the driver sits closer to the centre of the car than in previous BMW roadsters.
Design extérieur BMW Concept Z4
Dessiné sous la direction du designer Adrian van Hooydonk, le Concept Z4 adapte aux proportions du roadster le langage stylistique de BMW préparant les futurs modèles de la marque.
— BMW USA (@BMWUSA) 17 août 2017
Instant story de designer Adrian van Hooydonk
Adrian van Hooydonk entre chez BMW, en 1992, comme concepteur de carrosseries automobiles, à Munich. À partir de 2000, il dirige le département de conception de carrosseries automobiles du centre de dessin industriel de Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW), DesignworksUSA, à Newbury Park, en Californie (États-Unis), participant à la conception de prototypes et de véhicules de série. En 2005, il prend la direction du bureau de conception de la marque, sous les ordres de l’américain Chris Bangle, chef de la conception de BMW.
Il participe à la conception de la BMW E65 (série 7), mais c’est Bangle qui en est responsable et subit les critiques pour ce modèle, notamment pour l’« arrière Bangle », créé par Adrian van Hooydonk, en 1997, lors d’un concours interne opposant vingt concepteurs. Les premiers modèles produits après la transition sont les BMW F01 (série 7) et BMW F07 (série 5 GT), qui sont majoritairement l’œuvre de Bangle. Le premier modèle conçu par l’équipe d’Adrian van Hooydonk est la BMW F10 (série 5).
In 2009, Adrian van Hooydonk became Director of BMW Group Design, succeeding Chris Bangle as the head of design for the company. As head of group design he oversees the design work of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. He credits Italian architect Mario Bellini as one of his most influential designers. His previous role as head of BMW Design is filled by Karim Habib.
This gives the new proportions a focused, sporty and agile feel. The outline of the car follows a distinct wedge shape, which fills the BMW Concept Z4 with dynamism before it even pulls away. The large domes stretching out rearwards from the cabin elegantly integrate the function of rollover bars and provide a sporting conclusion to the low-to-the-road silhouette at the rear.
The clearly sculpted shark nose at the front end spawns dramatic surface contouring that extends the full length of the flanks. The new direction taken by BMW’s design language can be seen here in just a few precise lines that form clear surfaces, while the body’s volumes are powerfully sculpted. The surfaces and forms therefore create an extremely modern and emotionally engaging impression. The large Air Breathers rearwards of the front wheels act as the source of the flanks’ elaborately modelled surfaces (they appear to be shaped by the flow of air as it exits the Air Breathers).
Light and shaded surfaces develop in a rising movement towards the rear, then twist to form muscular wheel arches and athletic volumes. All of which shines a bright stylistic spotlight on the car’s rear-wheel drive. The dramatic interplay of lines and surfaces underscores the wedge shape of the flanks and infuses them with even greater dynamism. And the low door sills, with their distinctive crease, makes the body appear closer to the road, emphasising the low-slung sensation when viewing the car from the side.
The expressive Energetic Orange frozen exterior paint finish showcases the contrasts of light and shade in the surfacing, accentuating the three-dimensionality of the exterior. And the 20-inch light-alloy wheels in a sporty bi-colour double-spoke design provide harmonious finishing touches to the styling of the flanks.
The design of the BMW Concept Z4’s front end is undeniably sporty in nature. The relationship between the low-set, broad kidney grille and the positioning of the headlights higher up sparks deliberate associations with the BMW Z8 and lends the BMW Concept Z4 a certain flamboyance. In place of the customary bars, the inside of the kidney grille features elaborately designed mesh, whose vertical orientation recalls the sporty, functional kidney design of early BMW roadsters such as the BMW 328 Mille Miglia.
In a departure from the BMW norm, the Concept Z4 provides a vertical interpretation of the classical four-eyed headlight look, with two overlapping tubes on each side. The turn signal indicators point diagonally towards the kidneys from above and underline the dynamic flair of the front end. And the clamshell bonnet with stylised gill vents curves over the wheels, creating an intriguing and virtually seamless sweep over the front end as a whole.
The front apron cuts a genuinely athletic figure with its sculptural design language. Its trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further back and so carry the promise of a dynamic driving experience. The large carbon-fibre insert in the central air intake is straight out of the motor sport playbook and champions the use of detail to emphasise the front end’s dynamic presence. Together, these design elements compose a fresh and memorable face for the Concept Z4 – one which pays a very modern and sporting tribute to the celebrated roadsters of BMW’s past.
The design of the BMW Concept Z4 likewise references details and qualities from BMW’s rich roadster tradition and updates them for the years ahead. The wide and low design of the rear picks up the lines of the car’s flanks and massages them into a modern rear of beguiling clarity in terms of surfaces and styling elements. The powerfully flared wheel arches give the car broad haunches, which are emphasised by the slim, L-shaped rear lights and therefore further enhance the car’s sporting stance.
Sous la pointe du capot en nez de requin, la calandre à deux entrée évasées surmontent trois imposantes entrées d’air, trapézoïdale pour la centrale, hexagonales pour les latérales. On retrouve là le style des récents modèles M et la future Série 8.
— Jonny Lieberman (@mt_loverman) 17 août 2017
Le motif des ouïes d’extraction d’air derrière les ailes avant et arrière visible sur quelques les BMW récentes est amplifié. Les flancs sont parcourus de deux nervures saillantes. Cela accentuent le caractère musculeux du modèle concept.
On retrouve deux bossages aérodynamiques prolongent la forme de leur appui-tête qui évoquent les voitures de course des années 50. Ou comme on peut voir sur la récente Jaguar Project 7 hommage à la Jaguar Type D (1950s) avec un bossage derrière le pilote.
Above the rear lights, the boot lid – complete with prominent spoiler – stretches across to the burly wheel arch extensions, sending out a message of power-infused agility. Below, large air outlets in the rear apron create their own dynamic impression. The carbon-fibre diffuser adds a sporty and exclusive flourish and signs off the rear end at its lowest point to the road.
The kinship between the interior and exterior of the BMW Concept Z4 is evident in both forms and colour scheme. The design language of the interior takes the powerful, three-dimensional character of the exterior and adds another voice to the dynamic chorus. Much of the interior adopts the colour of the car body, creating a clear visual link between the interior and exterior. Only a classy chrome trim strip provides separation.
Design intérieur BMW Concept Z4
L’intérieur reste classique pour BMW, dans la lignée des productions actuelles de la marque. Enfin, pour assurer le show en Californie sur cette étude de style, les teintes ont été particulièrement travaillés. La planche de bord est recouverte d’un cuir assorti à la teinte extérieure. Cet orange mat est dénommé ‘Energetic Orange Frozen’. Quant à l’habitacle du road driver it’s full back.
The All-New BMW Concept Z4 draws attention wherever it goes, and with good reason: this is a vehicle for those who make passionate statements. The striking Valencia Orange Metallic exterior – a color reserved for only the boldest BMWs – underscores this roadster’s rebellious nature, while the bicolor interior focuses attention on the driver.
At the same time, the interior serves to reinforce the total focus on the driving experience too. The driver’s seat as well as the door trim panels, instrument panel and centre stack that encircle the driver are finished entirely in black, meaning that they stand out prominently from the coordinated orange shades of the exterior and the rest of the interior. Together they form a clearly defined area that wraps around the driver like a capsule, producing a very sporty sensation. This creates a pure-of-purpose driving environment with a pronounced “cone of vision”, where the steering wheel as well as the surrounding black surfaces appear to be surging forward and, in so doing, accentuate the cabin’s powerful driver focus.
The instrument cluster and central information display form a high-quality cluster of screens that are integrated into the driver’s cockpit to flawless ergonomic effect. The two displays are now positioned at almost the same height and in close proximity to one another, which gives the impression of a single, cohesive unit. They work together to deliver the right information at the right time. The driver can choose which elements they wish to call up (via touch command) from the content available in the information display – route guidance, playlists or other infotainment features. Above the instrument cluster, the Head-Up Display presents the key driving information within the driver’s direct field of view.
Emerging from the driver’s side of the cabin is a sporty instrument panel of inherent lightness. The clever arrangement of surfaces and edging breaks up the considerable volumes and engenders the impression of a powerfully chiselled muscle. The clear wraparound design from the doors to the instrument panel enhances the sporty, cocooned feeling in both seats.
In keeping with the focus on the essentials, all the controls are grouped into “function islands”. Nothing distracts from the driving experience. Trim elements inside the cabin are likewise minimalist in nature. Indeed, it is instead the classy materials, carefully applied polished chrome accents and swish, hexagonal laser-cut motifs in the seats that do most to create the interior’s exclusive ambience. Carbon-fibre door sill finishers and embossed asymmetrical logos in the seats and instrument panel set the seal on the interior’s sporting profile.
Since 1934, these two-seat open-top dream machines have defined the pinnacle of pleasure driving. The re-imagined Z4 shares the same sporty size, graceful lines, and dynamic handling of its famous family – while taking performance and innovation to the next level.
Open top meets open road. Roadster heritage shines through in every aspect of the All-New BMW Concept Z4, most noticeably in the roll bars and the quick-retracting soft top. Because the only thing more invigorating than pushing a powerful machine to its limits is feeling the wind whip by on every curve.
The revs run high. The emotions run higher. Every inch of the All-New BMW Concept Z4 was designed with grace, power, and passion in mind. This is a dream machine that inspires its driver – and seduces its audience.
Let the wind flow through your car as smoothly as it does your hair. Large air inlets at the front and outlets atop the hood create a lightness typically reserved for dreams. The low-lying kidney grilles and their honeycomb-like structure exude athleticism and an urge for freedom.
Out here, only the strong survive. The All-New BMW Concept Z4 packs tremendous engine power into a compact body, rocketing from 0-60 so fast you’ll be left breathless. And you’ll feel every bit of that powerful torque from a driver’s seat positioned just forward of the rear axle.
– BMW USA
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— Motor Trend (@MotorTrend) 17 août 2017