Ahead of its debut Thursday, images of the BMW Z4 Concept have been leaked courtesy of Autoblog.nl.

With traditional rear-wheel drive BMW proportions, the Z4 Concept features a long hood, good dash-to-axle ratio, and short rear deck. The front snout is canted forward, with some saying it resembles the E28 6-Series "Shark Nose."

The front and rear lights appear to feature LED elements, though don't rule out laser lights.

The cabin is basic, yet modern with a futuristic BMW feel to it. The digital gauge cluster is digital with most switches and controls appearing to be touch-based. Perhaps most interesting are the red buttons on the steering wheel labeled Race/Stop. There also appears to be a digital lap timer of sorts on the bottom of the steering wheel.

2018 BMW Z4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2018 BMW Z4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Set to be the replacement for the current Z4, one can expect turbocharged power to be under the hood in production form, with both a 2.0-liter turbo-4 and likely a 3.0-liter turbo-6. Power will likely go to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

Full details will be released later today, and a production version of this Z4 Concept should debut next year with sales beginning just after.