BMW Green-lights the Z2

What once was rumor is now fact. Or so the rumors go.

Ok that aside it would seem that BMW has committed to building the Z2 roadster and coupe based off of the next generation 1 Series architecture. The car will feature all the technology you ‘d expect in a small sports car for the future. Turbo four cylinder engines will dominate (potentially a version of the MINI JCW 1.6L currently offered) but hybrid and full electric power will be offered according to the German magazine Auto Bilde. This technology will come directly from BMW ‘s much publicized Project i initiative that is currently manifested in the MINI E but will also surface in BMW and MINI ‘s new city cars. In fact think of the Z2 as the flagship for BMW ‘s Project i and its Effecient Dynamics.

The Z2 will also feature a lightweight construction that goes far beyond a piece of carbon fiber here and there. Reportedly the target weight for the roadster is a scant 2200lbs. In all it ‘ll be quite a statement and in some ways a return to BMW ‘s roots.

Look for a Z2 concept at Frankfurt this Fall.

+ BMW macht es leicht / Auto Builde

+ BMW macht es leicht / Auto Builde (Translated)

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  • JonPD

    Very interesting news, and the info about the weight really gives me a huge smile. Now to only hope beyond all reason for a Z2 coupe. Loving the artist renditions so far.

  • Jon- From what I am hearing this is so close to what it should be, we might as well be looking at the final product.

    There are a bunch of concepts floating around Munich these days…

  • JonPD

    Very interesting Michael.

    I have thought for a long while that the future best path of performance is through lite weight over ever increasing horsepower. Now just hoping for a coupe.

  • Wow. If this comes out as a coupe, with a proper 4 cylinder engine with forced induction, I’ll be first on the list. It would be a hell of a car…

  • JonPD

    Maybe an interesting enough product for the M Division to pick up I hope, especially if there is a coupe.

  • JonPD

    Ack guess I better read articles better, they are mentioning that both a coupe and convertible are being made, so happy days there.

  • I’m not a big fan of BMWs, and this one looks a little odd to me. I think “squished sci-fi look” is the right phrase. Plus, two-doors just aren’t my type. It’s not bad, just not my cup of coffee I guess.

  • RJ

    The coupe pictured looks to my eye to be very close in design to the Pontiac Solstice coupe….

  • That’s not necessarily a bad thing–the Solstice is nice looking. It’s just a disappointment in the weight/performance department.

  • chaz

    That could make me happy – if they could make a Z2 that was even close to the 2100lbs of my Miata. Z4 it ain’t! Autobild has been putting up teaser concept drawings of the 1, 2 series for a while. We’ll see what happens.

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