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TWO super-sleek new BMWs are on the cards with a radical Z4 roadster and a stunning 8 Series coupe being revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Both are slated for release next year and in the case of the 8 Series it brings back an iconic model line last seen in 1999.

Long bonnets and angular body cuts are trademarks of the two concepts and signal a new direction for the Bavarian car maker's high-end design.

New look headlamps and bold grilles are also part of the styling treatment.

Inside, they feature plenty of high-tech equipment with graphic displays sitting alongside conventional instrumentation while in the case of the 8 Series the iDrive controller is made from Swarovski glass with a smoky quartz effect.

BMW chairman Harald Kruger described the 8 Series Concept as a new benchmark for luxury coupes.

"The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand," he said. "This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment."

Initially, the 8 Series is likely to be powered either by BMW's 3.0-litre straight six engine or its 4.4-litre V8 giving 0 to 60 acceleration of around five seconds or less. All-wheel-drive xDrive versions are also likely to feature.

The Z4 concept is yet another example of BMW roadsters taking design cues from the delightful Z8 model of almost 20 years ago.

With speedster-style fairings at the rear, the cockpit is set closer to the middle of the car with the dash angled towards the driver.

The nose is dominated by large air intakes and the side design is deeply sculpted with the lines flowing from side vents behind the front wheel arches.

In a first for BMW, the Z4 concept shows a different take on the ‘four-eyed headlight look' with two lamps placed one on top of the other on each side.

Other newcomers from BMW featured at the Frankfurt show included the new 6 Series Gran Turismo, the latest X3 SUV and the all-new M5 super saloon.


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