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We have a pretty good idea of what the next-generation BMW Z4 will look like, thanks to the Concept Z4 introduced this week at Pebble Beach. Strip away the show car frivolities - the tiny mirrors, the overly intricate front air dam, the orange suede interior, the wacky steering wheel - and the real-world car is easy to imagine.

However, Automobile Magazine and its European correspondent Georg Kacher have details about what will be going on beneath the surface of BMW's new roadster. Some is obvious - without a retractable hardtop, weight will drop and the cargo area with the roof down will expand. Blind spots will reportedly be worse, however.

Automobile reports that there will be three engines available, all familiar from the 3 Series range, and consistent with model codes leaked a few weeks ago. The 180-horsepower s20i and 248-hp s30i will have turbocharged four-cylinders, while the M40i version will have a 320-hp turbo inline-6. How many of those will come to the United States is unclear, but there apparently won't be a Z4 M. Don't count on hybrids either, though if someone is really clamoring for a hybrid version, perhaps the Z4's Toyota Supra coupe sibling is a more likely candidate. As has already been reported, the Z4 will keep the manual transmission alive but Automobile adds that the available automatic will be BMW's familiar (and excellent) ZF eight-speed.

Inside, there will apparently be more space, which would be impressive given just how large the outgoing Z4's cabin was compared to the Boxster's and the few other remaining roadsters.

Don't be surprised if more Z4-related tidbits emerge this weekend at Pebble Beach, which also sees the introduction of the BMW 8 Series Concept.

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