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.

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Source: WCF

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7 comments:

  (798) posted on 12.19.2010

dang BMW are really up to the trends today, they even have a diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a all-electric version. amazing does it?

  (612) posted on 04.20.2010

Well, why would you choose a gas guzzler roadster if you can have it in a V4 mazda miata?

  (939) posted on 04.15.2010

The body looks exactly like the old Z4 prototypes but its got a soft top and the side mirror is different. Those are the only differences i can see. Maybe the softtop will be optional in the future?

  (708) posted on 04.14.2010

I agree, miata is a lot lesser power but i bet many will choose the miata due to it’s fuel consumption and balanced performance of a sports car and a toy car.

  (428) posted on 04.13.2010

hmmmm I guess many will choose the miata because it’s very affordable and fuel efficient like you’ve said.

  (765) posted on 04.13.2010

It’s not a surprise anymore but IMO I’d rather choose the Miata because of it’s fuel efficiency.

  (518) posted on 04.12.2010

They wanted to give their customer’s demand for a fuel efficient and more eco-friendly car.

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