And it looks very similar to the concept, with a few practical tweaks for life as a production car.

The 2019 BMW Z4 has been leaked online, revealing production looks in keeping with those of the Concept Z4 that preceded it.

These photos, shared on Bimmerpost, reveal it looks very similar to the concept preceding it, albeit with a few small changes.

Up front, the chrome-detailed grille of the show car has been replaced with a gloss black unit, while the flowing front splitter has been traded for a slightly chunkier setup.

Most disappointingly, while the bonnet on the concept flows seamlessly into the grille, there's an ugly cut line across the front of the production car where the bonnet ends.

Aside from the requisite production touches – proper mirrors, a fuel filler cap and rollover bars, for example – the road-ready Z4 follows closely in the concept's footsteps. It has two prominent rising cutlines, and the same vent behind the front wheels.

The rear also sticks closely to the concept, with a rounded waistline and upswept taillights. If the badges didn't give it away, this is the range-topping Z4 M40i.

Power in this variant will come from a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six, pumping out between 250kW and 285kW depending on market, and 500Nm of torque. Adaptive dampers and an electrically-controlled limited-slip differential will be standard, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

There's talk about the Z4 being revealed at Pebble Beach later this month, although a Paris motor show debut could also be on the cards. Stay tuned for all the latest coverage.

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