• Aug 30th 2006 at 8:03AM
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AutoWeek has the skinny on the upcoming BMW roadster, which will sit below the Z4 in BMW's lineup, directly across from competitors such as the Mazda MX-5. Likely to be called the Z2, the wee roadster is expected to get BMW's naturally-aspirated 1.8 and 2.0L four-cylinder engines, with the possibility of a turbocharged 2.0L four. Equipping the Z2 with the turbo'd engine may be part of BMW's master plan to bring more blown engines to market -- a good thing too, as horsepower will likely crest the 300 mark.

Expect the typical BMW options, along with either a six-speed manual or an SMG with paddle shifters to be made available.

The sources at AutoWeek say that the new roadster is expected to be built at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant alongside its larger sibling, the Z4.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Glad to see BMW getting into turbo engines.
      • 9 Years Ago
      There is no way in hell BMW will offer this car at a price point "ACROSS" from an MX-5. Sorry.
      • 9 Years Ago
      No, rag top sport cars and mini coopers do not compete in the same segments. No one is going to say "man I need a grocery getter that is fun to drive, but HOT DAMN this coupe with zero storage space and practicality is what I'm buying instead!"
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd be surprised if they can price it in the same range as a MX5 or Solstice/Sky.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The latter engine is already under development. It is expected to appear in a hot version of the 1 Series, as part of a program that will see BMW introduce a range of new turbocharged engines to its lineup in coming years.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd buy it if an ///M version made 300hp+. It would be lighter and more tossable than the Z4, better at an SCCA auto-x, less expensive than a Z4 based ///M Roadster and, therefore, more appealing. And, if they used a turbo 4 to make those ponies, it would also be easily modded! :)

      Otherwise, assuming the Lotus Elise doesn't somehow become a bloated pig, my roadster money is going to Lotus.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "4. I'd be surprised if they can price it in the same range as a MX5 or Solstice/Sky.

      Posted at 9:29AM on Aug 30th 2006 by Steve S"

      So would I, but I don't think so. BMWs are quite overpriced on every level.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I was going to buy an SLK next year, as i like the compact style, but i think i've just changed my mind!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yes, BMW is not for the masses. It is for the select few who do not mind paying little extra for the features they want.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Price range?
      If its under 30K, I'm in.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Another overpriced, ugly, and inferior BMW roadster for S2000 drivers to pick on.

      Is that the best you got, Munich?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Mini also has a convertible, but it will come down to a matter of taste. The Bimmer is more sporty, whereas the Mini is a modern version of the small classic
      roadsters of its heyday in England.
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