BMW Z4 Concept Already Rendered as a Coupe, Looks Stunning

Not even 24 hours passed since BMW officially took the veils off the new Z4 Concept and we already have a rendering of what it would look like in Coupe guise. The BMW Z4 Concept Coupe rendering comes from X-Tomi Design and it is simply stunning to look at. Sure, he had a good basis to start with but the new roadster is an absolute beauty, no matter how you look at it. This could very well be a close take on what the upcoming Toyota Supra could look like and fans definitely have plenty of reasons to rejoice.

Looking at it, one couldn’t help but wonder why BMW didn’t invest a bit more so that the Z4 could be turned into a Mercedes-AMG GT rival. Given a hardtop that would turn it into a Coupe together with a 4-liter V8 or a more powerful straight six 3-liter engine, this thing could definitely take on the AMG GT. And I’m not talking only about the way it looks but also about the elastokinematics hiding underneath.

However, all is not lost. Since the new Z4 will surely get the B58 engine of the 540i once it comes out, being sold as the M40i version of the Roadster, there’s surely enough room in the engine bay to fit an M-developed mill in there. With the upcoming S58 engine that is rumored to have 450 HP and some weight loss, the Z4 even in Roadster guise and not as a Coupe, could turn out to be quite the driver’s car.

The Z4 is bound to enter production next year so there’s still time for BMW to develop a high-performance version that could rise to the title of supercar, something fans of the brand have been waiting for since the original M1 came out. I for one would definitely prefer it as a Coupe but I wouldn’t scoff at a Roadster either.

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BMW Concept 8 Series introduced at Pebble Beach

We’ve seen the BMW 8 Series Concept before. We’ve even seen live photos before. And we’ve shown them all to you before. But we’re gonna show you again. Know why? Because it’s beautiful and it’s the new 8 Series, people. Alongside a couple other BMW Group debuts, such as the new Concept Z4 and Rolls Royce Phantom, the BMW 8 Series Coupe Concept showed off its sultry looks at Pebble Beach.

Throughout the Monterey Car Week, attendees will see some of the most beautiful, exotic and rare cars on Earth. It’s one of the most prestigious car events in the world and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the main event. This weekend, the Concours will show off incredible cars from several different automotive brands. BMW Group will have a big presence there and the 8 Series Coupe is a big part of that.

Just look at it, sitting next to its predecessor that predates it by almost three decades. The resemblance is actually impressive. It has similar proportions, despite being significantly larger. The way that the long hood slopes down and comes with a squinty point looks surprisingly similar to the original 8er. Admittedly, the new 8 Series is prettier than its predecessor. Still, though, the family resemblance is there.

The BMW 8 Series Concept will be on the lawn at Pebble Beach all weekend and attendees will be able to see it among the rest of the BMW Group products on hand. If you have the chance to attend, it’s worth checking out. Not only will you see the stunning 8 Series Concept but you’ll also see the gorgeous Concept Z4 and the new Rolls Royce Phantom.











 

[Photos: John Hietter]

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Harrington moves up; Power, Lowry and McDowell slip back in FedEx Cup race

Padraig Harrington hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during round one of the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Picture: Scott Halleran/PGA of America

Padraig Harrington hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during round one of the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Picture: Scott Halleran/PGA of America

Seamus Power, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell slipped down the projected FedEx Cup rankings but Padraig Harrington’s 66 gave him a boost after a low scoring opening day at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.

Harrington’s four-under par left him tied for 18th, five strokes adrift of Matt Every, whose nine-under 61 gave him a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson.

Harrington is projected to move up to 188th in the standings as he seeks to move into the top 125 who will contest the first playoff event. 

If the Dubliner fails to make the 125 this week — he needs second place at worst — he will have an estimated nine events next season to make up the points deficit thanks to a Medical Exemption having missed two months of the season following neck surgery.

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Power and Lowry both shot three under 67s to share 34th but fell down the projected rankings with the West Waterford man currently projected to move from safety at 123rd to 127th.

As things stand, Power is just one shot away from making the Playoffs as he needs to finish tied 18th or better.

Lowry is exempt next year but could make the Playoffs if he finishes tied third or better.

As for Graeme McDowell, who is also exempt next season, he is currently tied for 117th after a one-over par 71 and is five strokes outside the T18 finish he needs to make the Playoffs.

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Ireland face England seeking fourth successive Home Internationals

The eyes have it. Douglas' Peter O'Keeffe looks on intently as Robin Dawson stands by on the fourth tee at Moortown on Thursday.  Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

The eyes have it. Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe looks on intently as Robin Dawson stands by on the fourth tee at Moortown on Thursday.  Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Ireland will face England at Moortown on Friday looking for a win that would give Tony Goode’s charges the Raymond Trophy for an unprecedented fourth year running.

While England are seeking their first win since Ganton in 2013 and their 37th outright victory, Ireland are trying to create some history for Irish amateur golf.

They defeated Scotland 10-5 as England were forced to dig deep to beat Wales 9.5-5.5 after losing the foursomes 3-2. 

Against Scotland, Ireland claimed the foursomes 4-1 with Paul McBride and Conor O’Rourke, Colin Fairweather and Caolan Rafferty, Peter O’Keeffe and Robin Dawson and Colm Campbell and John Ross Galbraith all winning in the morning.

Colin Fairweather. Picture © Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Colin Fairweather. Picture © Golffile | Thos Caffrey

In the singles, Alex Gleeson was rested and McBride returned at the top of the order after missing out against Wales in the opening day’s singles to rest a wrist injury.

He beat Liam Johnson 5 and 4 to maintain his 100 percent record with Rafferty and Rowan Lester also taking their points tallies to three.

O’Keeffe, Conor Purcell and Galbraith provided the other three points as Ireland won the session 6-4. 

Ireland hold a slender advantage over England in terms of games won which will be in their favour should tomorrow’s match be halved. 

Wales and Scotland will play-off for third place. 

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O’Neill into last 32 at British Boys; Walsh and Clancy exit at Enville

Luke O'Neill (Connacht) competing on the second day of the 2016 Boys Interprovincial Championship at Tullamore. Picture by Pat Cashman

Luke O’Neill (Connacht) competing on the second day of the 2016 Boys Interprovincial Championship at Tullamore. Picture by Pat Cashman

Connemara’s Luke O’Neill is the lone Irish survivor in the British Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn.

As Carton House’s Jack Doherty lost 3 and 1 to George Holland in the preliminary round, O’Neill beat France’s Elliot Anger by one hole to clinch his place alongside Athenry’s David Kitt and Alan Hill in the last 64.

Only O’Neill survived, however, beating Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg 3 and 2 as Kitt lost 2 and 1 to Austria’s Claus Jäger and Hill fell by 3 and 2 to Northamptonshire County’s Benjamin Jones. 

O’Neill now faces Foxhills’ Aadam Syed in the last 32. Draw

Valerie Clancy (Killarney) pitching to the 18th green during her quarter final match at the 2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Valerie Clancy (Killarney) pitching to the 18th green during her quarter final match at the 2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

In the British Girls’ Amateur Championship at Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire, Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh and Killarney’s Valerie Clancy made it to the second round before going out.

Walsh beat Scotland’s Hazel MacGarvie at the 19th in round one but lost to Belgium’s Clarisse Louis by 3 and 2 in the afternoon.

Clancy beat Denmark’s Cecilie Nielsen 3 and 2 but fell to Mayka Hoogeboom of The Netherlands 2 and 1 in the last 32. Draw

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Studio, close-up shots of the BMW Concept Z4

BMW is showcasing today in Pebble Beach a glimpse at the future of its successor – the BMW Concept Z4.  Along with the Concept 8 Series, the new roadster introduces BMW’s next generation of styling cues. The new concept has a classical roadster design which includes a long wheelbase, low-slung and stretched silhouette, and a compact rear end. The package also features big brakes, aggressive styling and a low roofline.

“Overall we have a completely new facial expression,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of Design at BMW Group. And moving to the side, note that the clamshell hood’s shutline runs into a body crease that stretches toward the rear of the car. “There is really only one line that matters,” van Hooydonk explains, with a “very interesting play, we believe, between sharp lines and soft body areas.”

The typical driver-oriented cockpit shines in the new Z4. “The cockpit is really center around the driver, both in geometry and in color,” van Hooydonk says.

He also says one of the big goals with the new design language was making it “cleaner” with fewer lines and creases. Long gone are also the extended design cycles between cars and a push towards new design language as soon as a refresh is needed.

The photo gallery below gives us a better look at the design lines of the Concept Z4.

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Dunne eases into last 32 in Germany

PASSAU, GERMANY - AUGUST 17:  Mikko Ilonen of Finnland is seen at day one of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on August 17, 2017 in Passau, Germany.  (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

PASSAU, GERMANY – AUGUST 17:  Mikko Ilonen of Finnland is seen at day one of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on August 17, 2017 in Passau, Germany.  (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

Paul Dunne cruised into the second round as Finn Mikko Ilonen claimed a record-breaking 8 and 7 victory over Frenchman Matthieu Pavon in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

History had already been made in the morning session as Italy’s Edoardo Molinari beat Robert Karlsson of Sweden on the 24th hole in the longest match in the tournament’s history, and the books were opened once again in the afternoon.

Dunne easily defeated Australia’s Nathan Holman 6 and 5 and now faces Sweden’s Jens Fahbring for a place in the last 16 on Saturday.

As for Ilonen, he has some match play pedigree having won the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2014 and was simply unstoppable from the off on Thursday afternoon.

He birdied the first and second before putting a three wood to tap-in range on the third for an eagle. He birdied the fifth, won the sixth with a par, and then won the eighth, ninth and tenth and ended the match eight under for 11 holes.

It was a good day for the host nation with Siem’s win following victories for Florian Fritsch in the morning, Maximilian Kieffer and Alexander Knappe. Top seed Matthew Southgate of England also progressed from the afternoon wave along with tournament host, Scotland’s Paul Lawrie.

Lawrie holed clutch putts on the 18th and 20th to beat former Ryder Cup team-mate Peter Hanson of Sweden and will next face Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, a 3 and 1 winner over England’s Richard Bland.

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, who tasted match play success at the inaugural GolfSixes event earlier this year, got the day off to a flying start in the opening match, defeating Daniel Im of the USA 6 and 4.

Mikko Ilonen

“I started birdie, birdie, eagle, so it was a fast start, definitely. I hit my three wood on the third hole to about a foot. I just kept the gas on the floor and I think it was about eight under when we finished on the 11th.

“In match play anything can happen. Even if I was three up after three I could have been one down after nine, you never know how it goes. Today was my day and Matthew didn’t get anything going, I think he just made one birdie and that was it.

“The game is definitely feeling better. There has been a few changes. I’m not sure if it’s showing in the swing, but at least it feels different, so I can definitely hit better shots right now. It’s some progress, so it’s nice to get something going late in the summer.

“I have a little history with Marcel. We’ve know each other since we were juniors, so that will be a fun match.”

Edoardo Molinari

“It was a very long game. Robert played quite good in the beginning and I was struggling on the front nine. On the back nine I started to play well, and then we both had a mess on the 18th.

“It was a difficult match. When none of the two players are playing well it’s extremely difficult to hit good shots because you keep looking at the other player and you lose your focus a bit. 

“And then in the play-off, we finally hit the ball good and had a lot of chances but couldn’t make the putts. I’m very happy that I came out on top.”

Paul Lawrie

“It was a good match, I was two up early and then Peter made a couple of birdies and I made one mistake. He kind of pegged me back and we were pretty much level or one down all the way.

“Then I just pushed my tee shot off 18. It’s such a hard tee shot, you’ve got to get it just in the right place there. I was up in the rough and got a flyer then made a lovely up and down to keep it going. Overall it was a tight match, so it’s nice to come through.

“I’ve known Alejandro Canizares for a long time. I’m old enough to have played with his dad, which is quite sad to be fair. His old man was a hell of a player. So, I’m looking forward to that tomorrow.”

Marcel Siem

“It was a tough match, I was really fired up. It was kind of cool with that format. I was a little nervous last night, I felt the pressure already. Usually you think on Thursday or Friday “just get through the cut” and then the weekend is the exciting bit.

“I started off nicely with a lot of confidence and hit great drives. My iron game was not that good, but I’m over the moon that I went through. On the back nine the pressure raised and yeah, I went through it. It was really enjoyable. I hit some good shots and holed some nice pressure putts, which is important for me because my putting was not the best all year.

“Mikko and I played amateur golf together, I know how good he is on match play. He was British Amateur winner, but I’ve beat him a few times as well. Maybe he unloaded all of his ammunition today, which would be good for me tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to it. The better one will win. We’re good friends so it will be a lot of fun out there tomorrow.”

Lucas Bjerregaard

“I played nicely, especially the last few holes, I finished with six birdies in a row and I don’t think I’ve done that before.

“The GolfSixes was a lot of fun. I’ve always enjoyed match play but the last couple of years I haven’t had much success here. You play the opponent a lot more, normally you play the course.

“I’ve been struggling with my bad shots being really bad and leading to double-bogeys or triple -bogeys. Here, you hit a bad shot, you lose a ball, you go on to the next hole. It’s a bit different and I quite like it, I hope I can continue some of that form.”

Paul Dunne cruised into the second round as Finn Mikko Ilonen claimed a record-breaking 8 and 7 victory over Frenchman Matthieu Pavon in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

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