• Feb 19, 2009
Is the rumored little roadster from BMW on track for a 2011 debut? Auto Motor und Sport seems to think so. They even have a rendering by renowned artist Mark Stehrenberger to prove it. If we are to believe the rumors, the BMW Z2 should be closer to what the original Z3 was. That is, more of an entry level roadster to compete with the premium versions of the Mazda MX-5, compared to the more upscale Z4 that just debuted, which is more of a Porsche Boxster rival.
As we've told you before, the BMW Z2 would be based on the 1-series platform. To simplify things, BMW is rumored to be using a soft top rather than a retractable metal lid. The car will feature turbocharged and naturally aspirated four-cylinder powerplants in the 1.8-2.0 liter range. Horsepower should start around 150 and climb to 300 assuming an M version follows. There's even a rumored hybrid variant with its gearbox positioned between the engine and an e-motor pack. Active steering, a dual clutch gearbox and active suspension could be part of the package with a base price rumored to be around $30,000. The BMW Z2 could make its debut as early as latet 2010, which would give it a healthy head start over the rival SLA from Mercedes-Benz.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm 300hp, light weight vert... with all the //M goodies... They've sold me! I used to own an S2000 and the //M Z2 would probably make a good companion to my E46 //M3 in the garage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, it definitely won't be cheap. After all, "BMW" and "cheap" cannot by law appear in one sentence without quotation marks. However, 300bhp in a tiny roadster sounds like damn fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sincerely doubt a BMW roadster would have the same cost as a MX-5. If anything, it will probably be positioned in the RX-8 area, which makes sense, given the Z4 is so much more pricier. But an MX-5 it will be not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope BMW brings more Z series vehicles like this and fewer X series vehicles (like the X6).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um, ok. Who cares about yet another model BMW? I don't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      interesting, been hearing about the Z2 for a few years now, hope it'll look good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      overpriced like all bmw's maybe i dont think a 1series with some dealer installed options is worth 45k..
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rendering needs more BMW logos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just curious, but if it's based off the 1-series, why don't they call it the Z-1?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it has something to do with all the dedicated coupe/convertible models in the range having even-numbered designations. There was supposed to be a 4-series coupe, but the popularity of the 3 coupe canceled those plans.

        The 6 series doesnt quite fit, but it is a bespoke coupe - not a smoothed-out 5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope it's as "affordable" as the 1 series. BMW dbags.
      • 5 Years Ago
      See, that's the problem with BMW. The Z2 is aimed at entry-level roadsters like the MX-5 Miata. A fully loaded Grand Touring MX-5 Miata (soft-top) is around $26K. I don't understand why BMW feels like they can charge an extra $4K....AND that's only the starting price!!! Imagine a fully loaded Z2, it's be anywhere from $35K - $37K!!! For a d@mn two seat, entry level roadster!!!

      Capone --> You are SO right. $45K for a fully-loaded 1-Series, is a d@mn rip-off! You could get a fully-loaded Nissan 370Z, get more power, have more fun, get more stares, and still save around $5K!

      Who the heel does BMW think they are?!?!
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