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]