When BMW did a management change and brought in new chairman Harald Krüger and new R&D chief Klaus Fröhlich, each and every project the brand was working on suddenly had to go through a new vetting process. Some survived and others did not. One that didn’t was the Z2 Roadster.
Rumors of the Z2 had been swirling since 2011, and it was beginning to look more certain that Bimmer was going to build this front-driven MX-5 modelwith each passing year. Well, here we are in the middle of 2015, and BMW has officially canceled it.
The only logical explanation for BMW aborting this project is that the nearly approved Mini Superleggera — also owned by BMW – will play in the same segment. Both the BMW Z2 and the Mini Superleggera being available at the same time could seriously clog up this niche segment, and leave both models out in the cold.
Most reports indicated that the Z2 would sit atop the same platform as the Bimmer 1-Series, 2-Series, and the Mini Cooper. This also meant that it would share its range of three- and four-cylinder engines with its platform mates.
While it’s sad to see the mini Z4 die, I can certainly understand the business side of the decision to axe it. Let us know in the comments what you think of BMW deciding against this small, front-driven roadster.
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Rumors of a possible BMW two-seat roadster, dubbed the Z2, have been swirling for some time now. But with BMW launching one new model after another, talks about the Z2 have been relegated to low whispers. But don’t misinterpret inaction for dead action because BMW still has plans for the Z2, as it has released new details that ought to give us a fresh idea on what to expect from the entry-level roadster.
According to Car and Driver, the Z2 will carry a slew of features unique to the Z4, including the use of a fabric roof that should help reduce the weight of the sports car. That’s an important characteristic to have in light of another new detail that’s pretty disappointing; the Z2 will come standard in front-wheel drive, which won’t generate the kind of performance and agility as an AWD system.
But its not like the Z2 loses its charm with that shortcoming. After all, BMW is preparing the car to serve a specific purpose and trying to do too much could impede its true identity as an entry-level sports car. The car will share its platform with the new Mini lineup, which adds more credence to the belief that the Z2 will be built with weight savings in mind. This will allow BMW to offer a versatile package to complement the expected choice of four-cylinder engines.
The company has given no indication on the powertrain it plans to use in the Z2, but we’d be surprised if it doesn’t stick to its plans to use a four banger engine that produces between 160 and 230 horses. We could also see as many as 300 horses and all-wheel drive in the top-of-the-line M-Series model. BMW has some choices to make with regards to the engine lineup, but we’re confident it can cook something up from its modular engine architecture. A lot of options seem in play at this point.
According to the source, we can expect to see the Z2 in late 2016 or late 2017, with prices ranging from $30k in its base format to $50k for the AWD Z2 M.
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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.
Updated 5/12/2014: Car and Driver has brought to our attention that despite a lack of information, the FWD BMW Z2 is very much still alive and projected to hit the market in late 2016. Prices will range from around $30,000 for the base model to as high as $50k for the M variant.
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Taking under consideration the current economical situation and all the regulations regarding CO2 emission you should expect to see car makers heading to small cars. For example BMW plans to modify the current 1-Series so that it will include a city compact, a F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer and a Gran Turismo, while a new 2-Series model will be offered in both coupe and cabrio. Next to them the Bavarian company will also develop a Z2 and a M2 model, all of them small, but very cool sports cars.
For the next generation 1-Series BMW plans to increase the wheelbase, but also to include a significant number of features that will allow luxury options normally found in high end Premium luxury cars available in the compact class. The model will also include the next generation "Efficient Dynamics" technologies that will make it the most fuel efficient car in it’s segment.
The coupe and the cabrio version will no longer be sold as a 1-Series. Instead BMW will launch a new 2-Series model. It will feature a further progressive sporting interpretation with clean design lines. You should expect the new 2-Series to be launched in 2013.
The decision to bring a M2 model was helped by the exceptional response to the new 1er M Coupe. According to BMW, the new model will "push the envelope" for small performance cars. But the most impressive model will of course be the Z2 which it is expected to be revealed in late 2013.
Rumors about a baby BMW model started a very long time. But now we got the official confirmation: the company will bring a first concept version in March at the Geneva Motor Show. This new model will take on the production version Volkswagen Bluesport. The announcement has been made by a BMW spokesman at the 650i Convertible launch, but he refused offering more details on the model. He also said that the concept won’t make it to production, but it will inspire a future BMW roadster model.
Rumors say the new concept will feature some wild styling themes, including overlapping exterior panels, a large scoop on one side of the bonnet, rear power bulges and exterior lighting highlights that can change color. Also, in the memory of the BMW Z1, the concept will come with retractable doors. The concept will feature lots of design elements from the Vision Efficient Dynamics hybrid concept and will include car-to-car communication, real-time navigation and the latest sensor technology for accident avoidance.
Under the hood BMW will most likely place a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but for the production model a 1,6 liter version is also a possibility. It is rumored that a production version will be revealed in late 2012 and that it will be followed by a coupe version.
Rumored for a very long time now, theBMW Z2 has finally been confirmed by the first prototype caught testing in Laguna Beach, California, over 100 miles away from the BMW testing facility in Oxnard.
The BMW Z2 will be built on the same platform as the next generation 1-Series and will weigh less than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs). The new model will offer engines with no more than 2,000 cc, but will compensate by using turbochargers with an output in the 250 HP area. BMW is also expected to offer a diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric version. Rumors have been spreading that the BMW Z2 will be competition for 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.
Surprisingly, the BMW Z2 seems to have a soft top that is going to be manually operated which is certainly unexpected in the world of technological know-how, but we have heard that a motorized top may be in the works as an option.
The first concept version will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show with a production version to follow in 2013.
A new rumor suggests the BMW Z2 is ‘game on’ for Frankfurt. Was BMW just trying to throw all of us off the scent by denying the Z2’s existence? Or are rumors getting jumbled that overlap with the Z10 ED? We don’t have all the answers yet, so we’ll just keep scratching out heads until September.
Last month Lamborghini reminded us all that the Estoque was just a concept, and now it’s BMW’s turn to disappoint. According to a source inside BMW, the little Z2 roadster is just a figment of the media’s imagination.
A source inside the company told iMotor, "Everyone in the motoring media seems to be talking about this car but it’s not on my product plan and that lists the forthcoming models for the next 10 years." The source further explained that he had not even heard internal rumors about a little brother for the Z4.
We like the new Z4, but something smaller, lighter and cheaper had us hopeful for a car that would deliver the performance of the Mazda MX-5 without the emasculating stigma. While we understand that the Z2 would cannibalize the sales of the 1-Series convertible, we still are hoping that BMW is just playing a bad April Fools joke on us.
BMW left a hole in its line up with the new Z4. The car is not too big, but it does put a wide enough gap between it and its predecessor, the Z3, to take it out of direct competition with like the small, lightweight Mazda MX-5. Not likely to leave a market wide open for other companies, BMW is rumored to be working on a Z2 model for featherweight fun.
The Z2 will be built on a modified Z4 platform, and unlike its bigger brother will only be offered with a choice of four cylinders engines with a maximum capacity of two liters. The base version will be a 1.8-liter with 150 hp, while a “M” version could be a turbocharged car with an output of around 300 hp. Like previously reported, a hybrid version is also in the works and a M version might also be a possibility.
The Z2 will be offered with BMW’s latest technologies, including active steering, dual clutch gearbox and active suspension. The price will be somewhere around the $30k area and the official debut will be made at the end of 2010, with sales to begin in 2011.
It seems BMW won’t wait for Detroit to take the wraps off the new Z4. It was rumored that although the car was complete, the German roadster missed its LA debut do to a rights issue. Since the car is fully-baked, BMW is eager to get it out to the public. It’s now rumored that BMW will do its own reveal of the new Z4 before the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Sometime in December official images of the convertible should appear, and sometime later a coupe version will follow. We are expecting some styling differences between the coupe and convertible, which is good considering the convertible will be offered as a folding hardtop. The coupe version is also likely to be more performance-tuned with a stiffer suspension and lower ride height. Base engines should start around the current lineup of six-cylinder engines, and could possibly top out with a future "M" version with a V8 from the M3.
Another rumor that is starting to get some attention is that BMW might also working on a smaller roadster possibly called the Z2. The Z2 is designed to take up some of the slack that was created when the original z4 went upmarket from its Z3 predecessor. The new convertible (and possibly roadster) will be small and light enough that BMW would use it to showcase its hybrid technology called eDrive.
After BMW will be done with the revealing of the new generation Z4 (official launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show and sales set to begin in April 2009) it will start working on a more affordable roadster. Likely called the Z2, it will be based on the 1-Series and will be revealed sometime in 2012. The base version will likely be powered by a 1.6 liter four cylinder engine that will deliver 120 hp; while the top version will offer around 210 hp.
This is ambitious considering the amount of new projects coming from BMW between now and the Z2. Some of the plans expected from BMW over the next four years include the PAS, X1 crossover, 1-Series sedan as well as new generations of the X3 and 5-Series.
Ther German automaker BMW is preparing another iteration of their affordable open air roadster, the Bavarian version of the Z car, that competes head to head with the world’s best selling drop top, the Mazda MX-5. With the release of the all new BMW Z4, the automaker has introduced a much more attractive version of their fun to drive convertible by trading in the rounded bodylines for a much more sculpted and angular figure. However as the cars get newer and equipped with even more features, the one time affordable compact sports car has turned into a much more luxurious and expensive vehicle straying from the original Z1’s roots.
As automakers are looking to downsize their lineups in an attempt to move more units, it would appear that BMW is trying to tap back into what made the original Z1 so popular with a future Z2 compact roadster. Combining the agility of a lightweight fun to drive vehicle with the best in German engineering at an affordable price point a new Z2 roadster for 2011 would be quite a treat.
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