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German car mag Autobild has just placed its bet on what BMW's future lineup will look like by the end of the decade. Leading off will be a new large hardtop convertible, a successor to the Z8 if you will. While Autobild's rendering is mostly speculation, it clearly identifies the car as a meaty two-seater with a traditional long hood, short rear deck design. BMW should buy the rights to this gorgeous pic and just build it as is. The following list is what Autobild claims to have learned about the Z8 successor.
  • Targeted at Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Priced from 80,000 to 100,000 Euro ($102,000 to $128,000 USD)
  • Target weight of 3,300 lbs.
  • 15,000 annual units for seven years beginning with 2010 launch
  • Possible engines include a 3.0L turbo I6 with 306 hp, a 4.4L V8 turbo wtih 408 hp, the lauded 5.0L V10 with 507 HP and possibly a 6.3L V12 turbo making 605 hp
  • M model planned
Follow the jump for lots more renderings of the next generation Z4 convertible, 3-Series convertible, X6 large sport utility vehicle and 7-Series sedan.

[Source: Autobild]

Next Gen BMW Z4 - holds the Bangle at bay with soft curves

3-Series hardtop convertible - looks like a 3-series sedan with two less doors and no top... exciting.

X6 large sport utility - we've been wondering when BMW would target the Mercedes-Benz GL class

Next gen 7-Series - bigger kidneys and better butt

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I was never a fan of the "slash" on the Z4 or the "duck butt" either - this latest rendering and I understand it's only a rendering seems like an attempt to woo back the Z3 fans.(That and poor Z4 sales!)Seems almost far to "soft" perhaps because we've lived with "flame surfacing" for so long. The rendering of the Z8 replacement - Nice! The 7 Series, not as tubby as the current but you gots to loose that droopy eye. The X6 - why bother? The 3 Series convertible - very nice!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks very nice, but also is to similar to Mercedes
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why do people always post about Auto Bild's 'Future Model Renderings' when they NEVER look like what actually comes out? They are always inaccurate and they just take parts from other/previous car models and slap em on some body shape that looks nearly like the current model's frame.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How much longer must we endure Mr. Bangle's poor design aesthetic? That 7-Series is uglier than the first generation E65. The oversize kidney grilles are just an eyesore.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't know a lot about BMW but after having had a round of..."revolutionary" styling, I can see these evolutionary designs as being possible next gen. renderings. The 7 series in particular makes you wonder why they couldn't have used this instead of the current design.
      As for the Z8, it's interesting that one of the possible engine choices for a M-B SL fighter would be a 6.3 liter V12. Especially considering that one of M-B's most legendary engines is/was the 6.3 as used in the 300 SEL sedan.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's good to see Chrysler decided to build the Firepower. What? that's not the Firepower, but a BMW? Well that minivan looking things can’t be a BMW. Did they mean to make it look like a pug with rabies?

      I wish BMW would focus on its strength to continue to build the world’s best sports sedans and sports coupes.
      • 9 Years Ago
      will bmw finally offer a hardtop convert?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Z8 concept is amazing!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, there is no new Z4 coming out. This is the last one, so I'm not sure what they are talking about with that depiction. They've basicly taken competitor cars, added some bmw touches and touted it as they next one. x-6, ummm, tribeca (as stated before), new 7, mix between our current five and the current E-series from MB, the new X-5 looks nothing like the x-6, and the Z-6 looks like an SL with a roundelle on it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm not too hot about the new Z4...the styling is waaaaay too soft. The new grill, headlights, and back end look alright...but the rest looks very "ugh." I agree with the sentiment that it reminds me of an old Miata. It's just too "soft" looking and not in an appealing way...where's the shark?!

      However, the Z8 concept sketches are amazingly HOT. It's very smooth, but retains a more aggressive demeanor...likely due to its stance and taper. I easily can imagine it being the short-nosed competition to the SL.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if the renderings make BMW laugh. The Z8 replacement pictured looks just like the Chrysler Crossfire. The rest are very BMW like, hopefully the Bavarian boys will come up with better designs than these.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think the current shark-nose of the current Z-4m looks much better than this soft nose. Finally doing away the side crease where the side marker light is,and scooped-out concave doors this is much nicer. The other cars look good,not as busy with everything smoothed over. imo
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