The BMW Z4 Coupe Concept Car | Part Two

BMW Z4 Coupe Concept Car


Contrasts, not Comprises - Dynamic also in Design

With its uncompromising technical features focusing on top-level performance, the Z4 Coupé clearly offers driving dynamics of the highest standard. And the car’s designers have been just as uncompromising in giving the car an unparalleled look of dynamic performance right from the start. Contrasts in the car’s design ensure an acute sense of supreme tension - and tension also creates and bears out dynamism in design.

The fascinating aesthetic look of the Z4 Coupé Concept Car is based on the highly expressive design language of the BMW Z4 Roadster. Indeed, the interplay of concave and convex surfaces merging in powerful and striking lines gives the body of the car not only unique character, but also a touch of clearly perceptible dynamism even at a standstill. The flowing roofline, in turn, characterises the BMW Z4 Coupé as a classic coupé with its centre of gravity moved at least visibly to the rear axle.

The recess in the middle of the roof, in turn, reinforces the sporting look and character of this classic coupé, the combination of these elements giving the car a touch of forward-oriented dynamism from every angle: The BMW Z4 Coupé is low, fast and, at the same time, elegant in its looks.

The glazed part of the passenger cell referred to by experts as the “greenhouse” visibly tapers out into the rear end, accentuating the rear wheel arches in a powerful and muscular look. The spoiler designed into the rear lid, in turn, ensures optimum aerodynamics and streamlining, with the third brake light integrated beneath the spoiler in the rear lid. A further effect of the spoiler and brake light is the additional emphasis they give to the sheer width of the car’s rear end.

The seam around the rear lid extends discreetly along the rear side windows, finally merging into the sill line of the car. As a result, the Z4 Coupé Concept Car retains the sporting look of its rear side windows with that characteristic Hofmeister “kick” also with the rear lid open. And beneath the rear lid, finally, the Z4 offers luggage capacity quite remarkable for a sports car of any calibre.

Exterior paintwork in Glacier Silver developed exclusively for the Concept Car gives this unique Coupé the silky-matt glossiness of a sculpture made of massive aluminium. Nineteen-inch aluminium wheels clearly revealing their three dimensions and finished intentionally in a dark colour contrasting with the paint of the car underline the highly focused and powerful expression conveyed by the Z4 Coupé. Made exclusively for this Concept Car, the wheels are a product of the most elaborate casting technology.

Dynamism for Your Senses - The Interior
Giving great attention - and, indeed, love - to detail, BMW’s colour and trim designers have created a unique interior tailored in every respect to the BMW Z4 Coupé Concept. The most modern materials in first-class quality are combined with one another exclusively for this Concept Car, offering features and highlights never seen before. Hence, the sophisticated interior points far into the future of interior design with all its potentials.
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Published 13 September 2005 Melanie Carter

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