Tucked away in our report yesterday on BMW’s exit from F1 was some explanation as to what the company will now be focusing on. And within that was a glimpse at what is in store for the Frankfurt Motorshow in September. According to Dr. Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management, BMW will be debuting a concept car that will focus on BMW’s vision an efficient sports car and one that could form the basis of the much rumored Z2. Here’s the full quote from Dr. Draeger:
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. As a responsible premium manufacturer, we want to address this issue even more extensively than before. What this means for our products is that:
They will be developed and built in line with the principle of sustainability across all development stages. Technological innovations will be accelerated even more, in order to constantly make our vehicles more efficient. You will see a product of sustainable development at the IAA in Frankfurt in a few weeks in the form of a concept car. The BMW EfficientDynamics Vision will demonstrate how efficient a sports car can be. It will also prove that sustainability does not apply to the drive train alone, but to design and materials as well.
Anyone who takes a closer look at this concept car will understand the direction in which we are developing our technology. And it will become evident that we will have to dedicate more human and financial resources to this type of development work. Ladies and Gentlemen,
So it’s quite clear that what we have in this Z Vision concept is a clear indication as to the type of engines and technology BMW will be focusing on in the coming years.
Having attended a sustainability conference recently as the guest of BMW I can tell you that the company is completely focused on making the ultimate driving machine as green as possible. This appears as if it will be yet another milestone in that process.
Additionally our sources are telling us to look for a strong resemblance to the new 1er coupe in the front design of this new concept. And keep in mind that the 1 Series coupe and convertible models will feature a unique and much more aggressive front design with very short, almost rectangle quad lights and then larger round lights below (much like the design seen above or in this photo we’ve run previously. The 3 and 5 door hatchbacks will look much more conventional.
The rendering above is of the potential Z2 as seen at Autobild.de