SPIED: BMW Z4 shows off a radically new grille for BMW

BMW Z4, News, Spy Photos | January 17th, 2018 by 8
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After seeing the BMW Z4 Concept, fans have been positively giddy about the upcoming roadster. The Concept’s styling was gorgeous and, from what we understand, is close to what we’re going to see from the production car. In spy photos, we’ve seen that much of the Z4’s silhouette and lights are borrowed from, or at least heavily influenced by, the Concept. Which is very good news. Now, though, some new spy photos have been released of the upcoming BMW Z4 and it seems to not be sporting a very new and radical grille design for BMW. (We don’t own the spy photos but check them out here)

Typically, the sort of pre-production test mules we see wearing camouflage don’t have grilles in them. There’s usually just empty spaces where the grilles would go. So we don’t think the grille design we’re seeing on this BMW Z4 test mule is done for testing or camouflaging purposes. If we’re right, and this is indeed a new grille, it’s something wildly different for BMW.

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The shape of the Kidney Grille’s themselves aren’t anything new, as there are still to wide Kidney Grilles. However, it’s what’s housed inside them that’s different. On literally every other BMW throughout history, with the exception of both BMW i vehicles, the Kidney Grilles have just housed vertical slats. On this new BMW Z4 test mule, though, we can see that there’s a sort of mesh inside them, made up of little “Y” shapes. Even the sort of mesh grille on the Concept was designed to look like the typical vertical slats of every other BMW.

It’s really odd to see and sort of off-putting. I actually can’t tell whether or not I like it or hate it. It’s sort of strange to see anything other than vertical slates housed in the Kidneys. While I like the idea of BMW trying something new and getting a bit radical, I don’t know if I actually like this design itself. Having said that, I like the shape of the Kidney’s, which are wide and give the front end a sort of mustachioed BMW Z8 sort of look. I also really like the headlights, which are wildly different from any other BMW before, as the twin-circle lights are now vertically-opposed, rather than horizontal.

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In these spy photos, we can also see more of the Z4’s design than ever before. It looks promising and it seems as if BMW has nailed the proportions. It looks like a proper little sporty roadster, with a long hood, short rear deck and low beltline. The real story here, though, is the odd new grille design. How do you feel about it? Love it or hate it?

[Source: Autoblog]

8 responses to “SPIED: BMW Z4 shows off a radically new grille for BMW”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    I just hope it looks as close to the concept as possible. Obviously this more of an entry level example but hopefully that’ll be the case for the more expensive variants

  2. Senne says:

    The form of the Kidney is gorgeous… But what the heck are those Lambo-like Y’s inside the grille?! :(

  3. Ofentse Letsholo says:

    The concept one looks so so so soooooo beautiful that the production one will disappoint a lot of us. Sometimes they shouldn’t release the concepts that will be better looking than production cars, it hurts our dreams.

  4. Matt Stokes says:

    “On literally every other BMW throughout history, with the exception of both BMW i vehicles, the Kidney Grilles have just housed vertical slats”

    … errm, Grand-daddy of the Z cars, the 507?

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