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BMW Z2 could be AWD, launch in 2014 - report

 BMW Z2 could be AWD, launch in 2014 - report
BMW Z2 artist illustration / AUTOMEDIA

More questions than answers

According to a recent report, the highly-anticipated BMW Z2 could be launched as early as 2014.

While that sounds rather promising, there's a big caveat as Car Magazine says the model would be based on the upcoming front-wheel drive UKL1 platform. However, there's speculation the Z2 could come equipped with all-wheel drive to fix the handling tradeoffs.

The other option is delaying the Z2, until 2015 or 2016, and using the rear-wheel drive platform from the 2-Series (the renamed coupe and convertible variants of the 2012 1-Series).

Regardless of what BMW decides, the Z2 is expected to be offered as a coupe and convertible with a variety of 2.0-liter engines that have outputs ranging from 170 PS (100 kW / 168 hp) to 272 PS (200 kW / 268 hp).

Source: Car Magazine

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Comments (16)

 CoyRoy CoyRoy
I just LOVE the fact that BMW is expanding its line-up. I just wish they would start building an M7 and make the 5 a cabriolet too
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June 19, 2011 7:57 am
 Zonda Addict Zonda Addict
Why not make it front wheel drive? kinda like a German Barchetta. I think it will better then AWD...
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June 19, 2011 3:21 am
 mechamynd mechamynd
if it will have sharpened "mini" dynamics, FWD cabrio is not a bad thing, I dont think it is a FAIL.
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June 17, 2011 7:50 pm
 stylovale stylovale
Car Magazine says AWD to compensate FWD handling???? That's just complete nonsence. I assume the writer of the article has a PhD in ballet or pigeon breeding. WCF why do you post every rubbish from the press without cheking the common sense?
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June 17, 2011 7:18 pm
 Prestige15 Prestige15
Audi will be sitting back and watch how bmw is about to make a fool of themselves
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June 17, 2011 4:38 pm
 kimbo kimbo
Doesn't make any sense at all...
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June 17, 2011 2:45 pm
 Hellbound Hellbound
The only argument supporting FWD would be lower cost. BUT I highly doubt BMW will charge a sub-£20k rrp for this car. The TT cabriolet proves there's a market for a AWD coupe/roadster.
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June 17, 2011 2:02 pm
 Microice Microice
Shouldn't it literally just be a redesigned, shorter 1 series coupe without the rear seats? Seems BMW has set it's eyes far with the use of FWD and AWD. Fan boys unamused...
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June 17, 2011 1:23 pm
 kenvo3 kenvo3
Roadster with FWD: FAIL Roadster with AWD to compensate the flaws of FWD: FAIL
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June 17, 2011 12:47 pm
 M! M!
no, who wants a tiny awd roadster? except for a beach buggy? i want a light weight, fun, RWD roadster.
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June 17, 2011 12:43 pm