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2014 BMW Z2 Roadster


Rumors of a smaller roadster known as the BMW Z2, which aims to capture the spirit of the departed BMW Z3 , have been swirling for several years, but nothing ever happened. Well, Autocar has resurrected the rumors and we now have a little bit of unconfirmed information on this potential model. It looks like it is the real deal, but you’ll have to be the judge.

While the Z4 is slowly transitioning into a GT car, the rumored Z2 will be an open-top, entry-level roadster that gives the opportunity for roadster fans to buy one without shelling a small fortune, an aspect that made the Mazda MX-5 Miata legendary.

While BMW is bound to call this car a "Z3 successor," the omission of RWD alone isn’t deserving of that description. Let’s see what BMW has in store for us in this exciting project they may undertake.

Click past the jump to read more on the Z2 Roadster.

Source: Autocar

Exterior and Interior

Expected to sit on the ULK platform underpinning nearly 23 Bimmers and Minis, the design is rumored to be inspired by the Concept Active Tourer with a chopped top and a sleeker lines. An idea of how small the BMW Z2 is rumored to be is well depicted in an image of a Mini Cooper Roadster, sans the retro design.

First BMW Z2 Prototype caught testing

Engine

Under the hood, BMW plans to offer the same engine lineup that powers the Mini Mini Cooper Roadster, including the 1.6-liter turbo engine that produces 184 horsepower. Unfortunately, the Z2 will carry BMW BMW ’s new front-wheel-drive system as standard, so some roadster enthusiasts may be disappointed. On the plus side, there will be a top-of-the-range 2.0-liter 4-pot turbo engine that pumps nearly 300-horsepower to all the four wheels.

Competition

Rumors say that the future Z2 will target models like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but we certainly do not see the possibility of the Mazda overtaking this roadster. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a heavier model with a lot less power under its bloated hood. However, the machine set to power the Z2 is still not 100-percent known so we can’t be sure exactly which vehicle will be set to take on the Z2.

When Can I Get One?

Rumors originally said that we would see the Z2 in the 2013 model year, but that obviously didn’t happen. With the base engine an d chassis already produced, we can safely say that seeing the Z2 in the 2014 or 2015 model year is reasonable. The 300-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine may come later.

Expect the price to be around the $25,000, which is quite competitive in Bimmer terms.



25 comments:

Wow! The roadster has make this car look more elegant and luxurious! However, I think the car is kind of heavy maybe because of the heavy rooftop and its less powerful.

Hmm, this one looks quite interesting. And you said that it would most likely go head to head with the Miata. That one I definitely have to see.

Well, it’s a good thing that they are finally letting this one out. I really am waiting for the ZZ roadster ever since it was announced a few months back

Do you guys ever get anything right? The current NC Miata weighs in at 1096 kilos and has 167 hp under it’s bloated hood. The Miata has still stayed true to it’s LWS recipe whereas BMW now has to reintroduce another series to be where the Z3 was 15 years ago since it’s been the one that can’t say no to the bratwurst!

What’s the car in front of the Z4? I wondered if it was being used as a chase car for some other test bed, such as a 3erGT, but I don’t know American cars at all.

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