TheCarConnection.com's spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the 2010 BMW Z4, covered in swirling psychedelic camouflage but clearly showing off its new folding convertible hardtop.
There is still some camouflage on the details like front and rear lights, but overall it's fairly easy to see now what the new Z4 will look like.
The 2010 Z4 will replace the current BMW soft-top convertible, which has been on the market since 2003. About the same size as the current car, the new one will exchange the canvas top for a retractable steel roof, like that on the Mercedes SLK.
The new Z4 is expected to offer a choice of more powerful engines. Riding on the latest 3 Series chassis, it may use the same range of four- and six-cylinder engines (only sixes in the U.S.), and for the first time there is talk of diesel engines, too. The top-of-the-line version will be the Z4 M.
While the current Z4 called BMW's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, home, the new Z4 will be built in Regensburg, Germany, with production starting in late 2009.