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It's been a few years since we heard about the BMW Z2, a compact, two-seat convertible that would slot in below the aging Z4 (shown above). Now, though, the crew at Car and Driver are back with details on the oft-rumored roadster.

The big shock for enthusiasts on this one is C/D's report that the Z2 will spin its front wheels, rather than its rears. A front-drive roadster is strange enough, but a front-drive BMW roadster? It's apparently true, though, as the new model would share its platform with the front-drive Mini and 2 Series Active Tourer rather than with the racier 228i or M235i coupes.

According to C/D, the rumored Z2 could be powered by a range of three- and four-cylinder, turbocharged engines, although it's more likely to be a four-only affair. Power should range from 160 to 230 ponies, while an M variant could arrive with 300 horsepower (that's a whole lot of power for front-wheel drive...).

If the Z2 sees the light of day, it'll likely be in late 2016 or early 2017, as a 2017 model, with prices starting around $30,000 for a base example and $50K for an M variant.

What are your thoughts on this? Should BMW be adding another roadster to its line? Should said roadster be front-wheel drive? Is the rumored starting price reasonable? Let us know what you think, in Comments.


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      550PlusX5
      • 10 Months Ago
      I can't wait for the products BMW has coming down the pipeline after the Z2... So when is BMW going to release the BMW Z200d Grand Coupe xDrive 50M ? (For those unfamiliar with BMW nomenclature... That would be a Z2, with a 5.0 diesel, AWD, 4 doors, and M-inspired wheel and suspension....) (Did I miss any BMW buzzwords?)
      Grayson
      • 10 Months Ago
      Cool, I always wanted a BMW Civic Del Sol. /sarcasm
      550PlusX5
      • 10 Months Ago
      Oh BMW, with your push into FWD cars... I'd say you're losing it...
      Lachmund
      • 10 Months Ago
      FWD? not interested
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Lachmund
        Have you driven their new RWD cars? None of them are any good. If it's a great driving car that happens to be FWD, it would be better than a sloppy RWD bloated pos that they've been shoveling to clueless buyers since the introduction of the F-chassis code
          ffelix422
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CarEnthusiastRTP
          Sad but true about the last E and current F-generation of cars. P.S. My E39 M5 rules!
          jack.carlisle91
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CarEnthusiastRTP
          The F30 320i is so underpowered and underwhelming in every aspect. The guy at my local dealership was telling me how anyone thats had previous 328i's and 335i's couldn't believe how slow it was, and how loose the steering and suspension felt. I didn't think it could've been that bad until I drove it. It literally feels like something is wrong with the car. It has feels slower than just about any car I've driven in the last 10 years - rental cars included. The suspension was so freaking softly sprung, it had absolutely no engine sound, the auto stop was the roughest system I've experienced, and the interior materials were at least 5 steps below the previous 3-series. Basically, it's the BMW for people who just have to have a BMW badge, but can't cough up the money for the higher spec models. Anyway, I wouldn't shell out anywhere near $50K for a mildly optioned 328i F30. It's a totally different car than before, and not in a good way.
          jhir00
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CarEnthusiastRTP
          What in the world are you talking about? Are you just here trolling? I've owned/driven several generations of 3-series and M3s. My current car is an F30 320i (Jalopnik edition). It has a very similar driving dynamic to the generations of 3-series that preceded it. Personally, I find the the F30 320i to be more similar in driving nature to the E46 325i than anything else.
      rsxvue
      • 10 Months Ago
      I actually like the current Z4 and wished BMW made an MCoupe version of it and stuck the S65 V8 in it from the E9x series like they did with the Z4 GT3.
      Brett Red-Dog Evans
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bring on the Z2, but make it more like the Z3 1.9 please. Rear-wheel drive, rev-happy motor, and light weight.
        Teleny411
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Brett Red-Dog Evans
        They seem only interested in fwd, electrics & CUVs these days. I think they've forgetting they ever made the Z3.
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      BMW is no longer what it once was.Quite a Sad thing.
      zepeda1
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well its not like the Z4 is all that sporty, so is not really that surprising.
      Justin Campanale
      • 10 Months Ago
      They had me until they mentioned FWD. The obvious thing to do would to share a platform with the 2er and send it after the Miata and upcoming Alfa Spider.
        ToniCipriani
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Well it does share the platform with the 2er, the 2 Active Tourer that is.
        The Wasp
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Well... It probably will share the platform with a future FWD 2 Series. BMW DON'T GIVE A FFFF!
          CarEnthusiastRTP
          • 10 Months Ago
          @The Wasp
          It shares it's platform with the F56 MINI, and next generation 1-series that is moving to the UKL platform as well. As said below, the 2AT in it's hideous form is also based on the same platform. BMW plans up to 30 FWD models based on the UKL.
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        BMW will never build a $25K RWD car. NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER.
      Richard
      • 10 Months Ago
      A couple thoughts: Is this yet another sign of a peak in the current economic cycle? The last time we heard about a Z2 was around 2007 if I remember correctly Also...As enthusiasts we scoff at this but the status seeking brand ****** don't care, and if BMW can fleece them so be it. As long as you can get a 2 series with a soft top and a manual transmission there will be a BMW that approximates a reasonably priced small sports roadster.
      CarEnthusiastRTP
      • 10 Months Ago
      As long as BMW keeps up making turds, this will most likely be the best driving car they make. If it has a LSD, sweet sounding exhaust, affordable pricetag, and a firm suspension - it couldn't be anything but better than the current slop they are producing.
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 10 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        This gets thumbs down for what reason? It's true. They aren't making great cars anymore. At least if this is fun to drive, it's better than the stuff they have been making recently.
      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      For all the people trashing the Z4, just remember it does well in its target market. It is designed by women for women. Want a mostly male sports car? 911, corvette
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