We’re actually big fans of the new BMW Z4 M40i, here at BMWBLOG. We know that a lot of BMW enthusiasts are dogging it for bucking some of BMW’s traditional design trends but that’s the very reason we like it — it’s different and exciting. It looks aggressive and it looks like a sports car. The previous Z4, the E89 generation, was a beautiful car but it never looked like a sports car, more like a small grand touring car. This new one looks mean and we like it.
More recently, we saw that angry roadster imagined as a coupe, in a recent render. That render honestly just made it look like the Toyota Supra with which it shares its chassis. It looked cool but, ultimately, just like a Supra. Now, the same person behind that Z4 Coupe render has come up with another — a BMW Z4 M40i Shooting Brake.
As a car enthusiast, I love a good shooting brake as much as the next guy but I’m not so sure about this. Admittedly, there is a part of me that really likes it, as it reminds me of the BMW Z3 M Coupe, the famous Clownshoe, which was an odd looking car but a hilariously fun oddball of a thing. Though, I’m not so sure it works as well on this new Z4.
While the back end, the shooting brake end, looks cool on its own, its quirkiness doesn’t match the rest of the car. The new BMW Z4 is too serious, too angry looking to have a funny looking shooting brake design. The original BMW Z3 was a fun looking car to begin with, so adding an odd coupe-like rear end just made it even funnier. This, though, just looks a bit off.
Don’t get me wrong, if BMW ever makes a Z4 M40i Shooting Brake, I’d drive the hell out of it because it would be awesome. But I’m just not so sure about how it would look.