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Late last month, the internet rumormill went wild with speculation that BMW would introduce a new Z2 concept vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Separate sources are now confirming those reports, though the production version isn't likely to hit the market until 2013. Built atop BMW's next-generation 1 Series architecture, which will reportedly be configured to allow for front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, the Z2 is likely to feature all of the German automaker's latest fuel-saving Efficient Dynamics tweaks, including a possible plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Joining the eco-friendly model will be both gas and diesel engines with 2.0-liters or less displacement. Perhaps most interesting is a rumor that the Z2 may get a sequential transmission borrowed from BMW's line of high-end motorcycles. Weight will be kept low thanks to heavy use of composite materials, and adjustable aerodynamics should offer high downforce when tackling the bends and minimal drag when motoring on the expressway.

[Source: BimmerFile]

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      Did they really just say "configured for front-wheel drive"?!? That would just be sad...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree! FWD BMW... shouldnt go together....
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      Nice. I hope its priced under 30k.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt it, with BMW raising the Z4's price $10,000 for sh!ts and giggles it gives them a lot of room to price the Z3 in the 30-40 range, especially if a mini roadster materializes. Given how pricey the 128i is what basic options any luxury car should have, I doubt the Z3 will drop below 30, or 35.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW = RWD, I4, I6, V8.
      BMW != FWD, V6.
      "which will reportedly be configured to allow for front-[wheel-drive]"
      Dear God No. M-B has FWD models (V-Class (I think), A-Class, B-Class), but BMW has none. Please keep it to RWD/AWD only. Please? Pretty please?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "though the production version isn't likely to hit the market until 2013"


      • 5 Years Ago
      They just said the architecture may support FWD. Will there be a new uber-mini perhaps?

      It also looks like they're finally going the direction that the 1 series was supposed to do. Back to the old days where cars were light, small and agile with small displacement engines. The motorcycle gearbox is a neat idea too which will save on engineering costs, thus saving money for the consumer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      pssst, news flash! BMW's been selling fwd cars in the US like hot cakes, it shouldn't take rocket science to understand their current economic woes would necessitate a platform capable of supporting the Z3 AND Mini roadster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The prospect of a FRONT DRIVE BMW? What the deuce?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somehow those round fog lamps remind me of the Pontiac Solstice, which will RIP very soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Production will be way sooner than 2013. The Z4 has become big and bloated. They need a smaller 1-series esque. As for the :"fuel-saving", just make it lighter already!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that BMW doesn't look the suck.
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