• Mar 26th 2009 at 10:58AM
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A little more information is out on the BMW Z2 that looks to be shown at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show. According to Auto Bild, the roadster built on the next 1 Series platform will be joined by a coupe variant, just like the previous Z4 – but unlike that car, the Z2 will be a radical rethink.

The car is the standard-bearer of BMW's Project i family, a front-engined, rear-drive car with a target weight of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) and containing cost-effective green and weight-saving technologies. Powerplants are expected to be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo with direct injection and anywhere from 150 to 200 horsepower, a range-extended hybrid, and an all-electric setup with lithium-ion batteries.

According to one estimate, the base Z2 is expected to start at about €30,000 (nearly $41,000 USD), with the electric version going for €50,000 (almost $68,000 USD), largely because of the additional cost of the battery pack. (Note that all figures are based on Europe's comparatively inflated pricing structure).

The car is due for sale in 2012 or 2013.

[Source: Auto Bild (translated) via BMW Blog]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This car would make for a great modern-day Triumph Spitfire.

      It's too bad that BMW has the copy rights to so many great historic names, but isn't using them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love the rendering, hope this actually makes it the showroom floor. Been a little disapointed by their recent focus on high riding SAV/SUV/CUV or whatever they are called this week.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "a front-engined, rear-drive car with a target weight of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds)"

        • 6 Years Ago
        we have heard this bs before

        is it even possible to meet minimum safety standards in any rwd car that light?
        • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish the front features weren't so pinched. Except the foglights. Them's kinda big.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally! The Ultimate Driving Machine.

      I for one welcome our new lithe FR sports cars.(new RX-7, 086A, Z2)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it were priced a little lower I'd be all over that thing.
      I love the weight, if only that would actually happen...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay! 2012! Just in time for my big asteroid fix, and the Mayan's to give me the grace of God, under a green sky hazed by Nuclear Fallout! Woohoo!


      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW always has a way to make their cars uglier than what the magazines thought it would be. The magazine sketches are always better. You ll see, it will be horrible...

      Goddamn it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The roadster is absolutely stunning! I love the front end. But it's almost impossible that BMW releases such a beautiful car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't look at the quoted price as what it will sell for here... provided it sells here at all. A Z4 starts at $36,700 after all.

      I wouldnt be surprised to see this priced right in line with the 1 series... say $29k?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it looks anything like the current BMW i dont want it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Roadster, its a beautiful design, not a fan of the other two.
      • 6 Years Ago
      can't wait till they make the x version of it! x1? x2? build them all.
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