What if we mix the new BMW Z4 with Z8 accents?

BMW Z4, BMW Z8, Car Tips | June 23rd, 2019 by 9
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The iconic BMW Z8 Roadster is to this date one of the best looking BMWs ever designed in Munich. Produced from 1999 to 2003, the Z8 was featured in the movie The “World is not Enough”, with Pierce Brosnan behind the wheel. At the time of filming of the famous flick, BMW only had a prototype shell and a running test car ready, so provided Propshop at Pinewood Studios with the shell and designs so they could make replica kit cars for the film. The bodywork was moulded from BMW’s prototype shell and was made in two pieces to eliminate gaps in the hood and trunk.

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But that’s not the only reason why the Z8 is famous. Only 5,703 Z8s were built in total, 3,160 in for the world market and 2,543 for the US market, making it also one of the rarest BMWs on the then, and especially today.

BMW Z8 Roadster: Stunning photo gallery

There was no successor to the Z8, but there plenty others roadsters released by BMW since. The latest one is the Z4 G29 generation which made its debut last year. As with most recent new BMWs, there were plenty of pundits who felt the design could have been even more imposing.

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So to fix that, our friend Roger Lighterness put together an interesting mash up between the Z4 and the Z8 Roadster, and the result is quite intriguing.

The new car sports the proportions of the Z4, but adorned with the beautiful lights of the Z8, the slim grille and the side gills. Even the unique wheels of the Z8 was transposed onto the Z4. Of course, this is simply a rendering exercise and almost never a combination of two cars give birth to a stunning vehicle, but nonetheless, it’s always fun to see these rendering artists playing in Photoshop.


9 responses to “What if we mix the new BMW Z4 with Z8 accents?”

  1. Kwetsima Maluleke says:

    Lol nope. This is hideous.

  2. CDspeed says:

    The new Z4 officially looks like an Asian car with a BMW badge on it. I thought I saw a Z4 approaching at a distance in traffic, it turned out to be a KIA Stinger. BMW should have continued to produce, and evolve the Z8 it is still a stunning car. But BMW seems to be allergic to hot sports, and super cars. They’ll play it safe with high powered four seaters, but their most amazing two seaters lived short lives.

    • JohnW says:

      KIA must be very happy to hear this!

    • Weiman says:

      If you can’t tell a four-door sedan from a roadster, you probably shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

      • CDspeed says:

        Yeah very funny, it was at a distance, and it was the front end that caught my eye. All of four seconds later I knew what it was, it was only initially that I asked myself “is that the new…no”.

  3. maxnix says:

    Just fucking horrible photoshopping.

  4. disqus_hiF7NvKYKq says:

    The BMW Z8 was great and highly collectable. This photo shopping attempt? NO.
    Porsche. The most successful super car and roadster in the world has a design DNA that goes back to original and has evolved retaining the very discernible Porsche DNA in all its models most notably the 911. No need to completely re-invent a design every 5 years. Some see this as boring though. There’s a lesson somewhere here. But then so many motor makers are designing for the Chinese market these days.

  5. Dustin says:

    The Z4 doesn’t need to look like the Z8 – it just needs to look like the Z4 Concept. Instead of what it devolved into.

    The Z8 looks good because it actually looked like its Z07 Concept precursor.

  6. cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

    No. New Z4 reminds me of squared off original. Z8, gorgeous as it is (& M5 V8 sounds great!), always reminded me more of Jag E-Type than triibute 507. Render reminds me of justifiably obscure Shelby roadster, sugar scoop headlights are SO 20th century!

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