The BMW Z2 is on its way, despite not exactly being the darling of BMW brass. So says Britain's CAR Magazine, which argues that the German automaker doesn't want lose out to the everyman's small roadster, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, now that its own Z4 has gotten larger and more expensive.
According to CAR, unlike the larger Z4, the Z2 will only be available with a folding soft top, which should be good for weight but less so for refinement.

Fortunately, CAR suggests that any talk of the car being front-wheel drive has been killed dead. Instead, BMW's top guys are trying to make the choice between employing rear- or all-wheel drive to make the little roadster go.

A trio of 2.0-liter turbo engines are earmarked for the Z2, generating between 170 and 272 horsepower, and a couple of diesel powerplants with the same displacement are also mooted.

As of now, the report suggests that there's a lot of finalizing to be done in Munich on everything from platforms to engines, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. In the meantime, check out CAR for a pair of Z2 renderings.


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      brickkyard
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they don't fuss about with AWD. What is wrong with a small, lightweight, RWD roadster with a turbo 4? Sounds like a winning formula to me.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I'd love to see a Miata competitor form BMW, as a longtime BMW fan, I really don't want it to be FWD, or even FWD based AWD. Since BMW has pots of money that they spend on the GT and X lines, why not use that money to develop a really small, lightweight, RWD roadster platform? Make it as light as possible, maybe 2400 lbs. Making more sports cars/ enthusiasts cars will turn BMW's focus away from making bloated behemouth wagon-4 door coupe-SUV-minivan-I don't know what hybrids
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Getting a little tired of the rumormill posts about fantasy hardware designed to push mag sales. Let me know when BMW has a press release about a new car.
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        Or at least spy shots of a real car, not some rendering the mag paid someone to create.
      wutang54
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would it kill Autoblog to actually include some detail in their reports? It would help answer a lot of questions... namely why BMW is even considering AWD vs RWD for the Z2 in the first place: "There was an outcry within the community when first details of the front-wheel drive UKL1 platform for future BMWs and Minis emerged, and this protest was obviously loud enough to convince the BMW officials that 4wd is a must if UKL1 does indeed underpin the Z2. Among the undisputed advantages of the UKL1 architecture are the early availability (spring 2014 for the roadster, autumn 2014 for the coupé), the traction bonus inherent in four-wheel drive and the economies of scale offered by this high-volume matrix. On the debit side, it's hard to ignore the usual weight, space and cost penalties of all-wheel drive." "Plan B suggests a launch in 2015, or even 2016. That's a long wait, but it could be worth the delay, since it may include RWD. Plan B revolves around a modified rear-wheel drive matrix BMW is preparing for the follow-up to the 1-series coupé and cabriolet. Better still, this is not just a stop-gap measure but part of a new split and staggered game plan which ensures that both two-door 1-series cars remain RWD even beyond 2020." (From the linked CAR report)
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      More stupid rumors about stupid BMWs that will never happen.
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Stupid BMW? If you are that smart, why don't you open your own Automotive corporation?
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is gonna be awesome
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Sue Esponte
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just keep it relatively light (in today's terms) and nimble, imbue it with BMW's handling dynamics and it should sell well. Just like with the Z3 (when it first came out), however, I wouldn't expect apples to apples Miata pricing. It will most certainly be more expensive....especially if equipped with AWD. Oh, and AWD will obviously appeal and compare favorably (against the Miata) to those in colder climates.
      Codeman
      • 3 Years Ago
      More competition for the MX-5 is always good, although I really wouldn't consider a soft-top-only roadster.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      If BMW can build a roadster for the price of a miata I'll eat this phone. BMW has no idea who an everyman is or how much he can afford. The fact they are thinking AWD proves it. AWD complicates the whole thing needlessly. Fun and cheap means RWD. KISS.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        BMW doesn't build cars for an everyman.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      A light roadster is a fine idea, but don't make it look like the 1/5/6/7-series, or any of the 'SAVs'. The 3-series and maybe the Z4 are the only good-looking BMWs. Let the hate rain upon me.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        "Only good looking BMW's" Yes, the X6 and the 5GT are hideous, but I can name several BMw's which are lookers. The 3, Z4, 5, 6, and to an extent, even the X1 and X3.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          I don't know, the 5 is pretty boring, and the 6 reminds me of a catfish. The 3 is quite a looker.
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give it that 240 hp 2.0T bmw's finally working on, and fill it with CF from that moses lake facility and you've got a winner that'll go head to head with the VW/Audi/Porsche triplets (obviously that's why BMW's thinking awd anywho, the audi variant).
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