BMW Z2 could be AWD, launch in 2014 - report

BMW Z2 artist illustration
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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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
Jun 19th, 2011 2:57pm
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clash_189 clash_189
Actually I even dream to have 7-series cabriolet with soft top and make it can accommodate 5 adults, a definite getaway for family trip because I never convince with the idea of Murano cabriolet.
Jun 20th, 2011 5:06pm
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Mark633CSi Mark633CSi
Actually, I wish they would make the 7GT but have it a cabrio at the same time. I think they are missing out on a great market! For the douche who already has everything.... BMW is going to go in the tank with the misguided advice about model lineup's it's taking. It's starting to be fun to watch!
Jun 21st, 2011 6:45am
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Zonda Addict Zonda Addict
Why not make it front wheel drive? kinda like a German Barchetta. I think it will better then AWD...
Jun 19th, 2011 10:21am
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mechamynd mechamynd
if it will have sharpened "mini" dynamics, FWD cabrio is not a bad thing, I dont think it is a FAIL.
Jun 18th, 2011 2:50am
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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?
Jun 18th, 2011 2:18am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Audi will be sitting back and watch how bmw is about to make a fool of themselves
Jun 17th, 2011 11:38pm
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M. M.
And then Audi will say "welcome to the club, fool!" I think BMW is just testing some reactions. ;)
Jun 18th, 2011 12:36am
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kimbo kimbo
Doesn't make any sense at all...
Jun 17th, 2011 9:45pm
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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.
Jun 17th, 2011 9:02pm
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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...
Jun 17th, 2011 8:23pm
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kenvo3 kenvo3
Roadster with FWD: FAIL Roadster with AWD to compensate the flaws of FWD: FAIL
Jun 17th, 2011 7:47pm
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M! M!
no, who wants a tiny awd roadster? except for a beach buggy? i want a light weight, fun, RWD roadster.
Jun 17th, 2011 7:43pm
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I would and I know about seven people personally that would want one as well. I enjoy taking out my sports car in the snow and having a RWD car can be a pain at times, as well as rallying in my old escort. Having a light AWD roadster would take these sports to a whole other level for myself and a few of my friends. It seems as if BMW wants to hit every niche and if they do this, they would be taking out the new Toyobaru offering and maybe a few of the new Miata sales as well if the price is right.
Jun 18th, 2011 5:16pm
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M! M!
if it were a FWD roadster with 200 or so HP, traction should not be a problem in snow unless you are climbing hills. challenges in driving is snow (as well as rally) is not just AWD and traction, it is the ride height. you have a tiny little roadster with AWD and you think you can conquer all your winter driving needs? and btw, adding 200lbs for their xDrive system to a tiny roadster and awd numbs the handling and fun. if you have a 400hp+ Evo or STi may be you need AWD.
Jun 19th, 2011 2:32am
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I didn't say it would cover all of my winter driving needs, if you read what I wrote, I said that it would serve enthusiast needs and yes snow to a certain extent. Obviously I wouldn't be taking this out in four feet of snow, but neither would most people in any car, that is where an SUV or 4x4 would fit in. FWD are great for bad weather, far better than any of my RWD cars and would prefer AWD in a car any day as I have tried them as well and there is a vast improvement in bad weather, especially when you use them for rallying which I often do (drive my own escort in off road rallies, though I have tried out a few STi and Audi offerings).
Jun 19th, 2011 11:59am
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