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BMW Developing 6-Series GT, Z2, 3 Series Supersports & New Mini Variant?

 BMW Developing 6-Series GT, Z2, 3 Series Supersports & New Mini Variant?
BMW Z2 artist illustration / AUTOMEDIA

We've got some exciting news on the BMW front.  Sources over at  Germancarzone, say BMW is planning a GT version of the next-gen BMW 6 Series.  They also claim BMW is working on a Z2, to be introduced later this year, a 3 Series Supersports, and a new MINI model.

Just a short while after the introduction of the BMW 5 Series GT, the German automaker looks to be in the concept development stage of a BMW GT 6.  This concept would be based on the platform for the new 6 Series, expected to hit the market at the end of 2010.  Look for it to have some design cues similar to the on-again-off-again BMW CS Concept, with suicide doors in back.  The rear-hinged doors should make entering and exiting the car very easy for backseat passengers, while maintaining a flowing look thanks to the elimination of the B-pillar.  If it goes to dealerships, a 6 Series GT would be a natural competitor to the Audi A7 Sportback, the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and the forthcoming Porsche Panamera.

Also interesting is the talk of a BMW Z2.  Alleged to be near completion, the car could see the light of day at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.  If the Z2 goes into production soon, it would be the first time BMW has assembled two different Z Series roadsters concurrently. 

Rumor also has it that BMW is putting together the BMW 335i Supersports.  The SS level would bring the car almost to the level of the M3, with various performance upgrades.  Some of these could include use of more lightweight materials, better suspension, bigger brakes, and possibly an additional engine choice.

Lastly, BMW may be looking to continue the expansion of their British brand MINI, with the development of the MINI SpaceBox.  We are not sure what this could be.  After all, the upcoming MINI Crossover is expected to be about four meters long, only five centimeters longer than the Clubman.  Perhaps the SpaceBox is something akin to the Volkswagen Bus.  A true "MINIvan," if you will.

We look forward to additional information on any of these models.  As soon as we get new news we'll let you know.

Source: bmwblog

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 Geefiasco Geefiasco
Looks great!
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March 11, 2009 1:25 pm
 alessandro alessandro
May be the the Z2, if it will be built, will be based on the platform of new 1-series to take the BMW-s share in revived market segment of new A or B classes of MB and other upcoming little RWD cars such like AR Giulietta, Renault Alpine or reborning Ford Capri too I've heard.
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March 11, 2009 10:26 am
 M! M!
" If the Z2 goes into production soon, it would be the first time BMW has assembled two different Z Series roadsters concurrently. " weren't the Z8 produced when Z3's are in production?
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March 11, 2009 6:54 am
 Kalos Kalos
Did you honestly believe for 1second that BMW would be sitting on their 'back side' when the very vocal Audi goes about releasing new cars and bragging that they'll be the best Premium car by 2015? Of course not as a matter of fact expect Merc to also start rolling out new cars. Audi is in for a Golliath shocker of a fight.
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March 11, 2009 6:42 am
 DieselDog DieselDog
The Z2 rendering looks good. As for some of the other "ideas," I'm less than enthusiastic. It seems like a very long time since BMW began work on the upcoming 5-Series and all the while we've been "treated" to watching their niche vehicles develop and come to market faster than their core vehicles. The logic is lost on me.
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March 10, 2009 10:25 pm
 wjaprep wjaprep
so many new cars... I dnt understand, why?
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March 10, 2009 9:06 pm
 aquillin aquillin
"it would be the first time BMW has assembled two different Z Series roadsters concurrently." BMW did produce the Z8 model concurrently with Z3 and then Z4 models from 2000 to 2003.
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March 10, 2009 6:53 pm
 scratchy996 scratchy996
Wasn't the CS concept supposed to revive the 8 Series as a 4 door coupe ?
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March 10, 2009 5:31 pm
 cpinto cpinto
This is a big surprise for me.. The reason is because we are right in the middle of the biggest automotive industry crisis of the last decades and taking that in mind, BMW continues to make effort in creating new automotive segments...but i also think they are absolutelly right =)
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March 10, 2009 4:48 pm
 Renegade Renegade
3 Series Supersports ? It will have a big fight with the upcoming Lexus IS Evolution.
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March 10, 2009 4:36 pm
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
I don't understand the bit about the 6 becoming a GT. It already is a GT, isn't it?
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March 10, 2009 4:35 pm