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      06-20-2011, 05:57 AM   #1
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CAR Magazine scoops some details on the rumored Z2.

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CAR Magazine scoops some details on the rumored Z2.
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The Z2 has been rumored to be on the table for quite some time now. So much so, that its basicly a real car, even though a single spy photo has yet to surface. If a car like this does come out, what we know for sure is what the name tells us, this is a Roadster (Z) and it will be small (2). Beyond that, the speculation has suggested the car would be ultra-light, possibly FWD, possibly RWD, 3-cylinder or 4-cylinder engines, basicly the entire gambit.

However, now CAR Magazine boldly claims to have scooped a few more details about the car. The Z2s underlying vision is a small lightweight Z3-ish roadster with a retractable canvas top. The big question is now what type of drive will the car use? FWD, RWD or AWD?

The decision about the Z2 going with RWD or AWD actually revolves around which platform BMW decides to use for the Z2. There is the new UKL1 platform which will underpin the next generation of MINI vehicles as well as BMWs. This platform is ready to go now (BMW could get the car out faster) and brings AWD to the table.

The second possibility: put the car on a new platform which is being developed to underpin the upcoming 1-Series Coupe (or 2-Series if name change rumors are true). This new platform will take longer to develop, however it would guarantee the Z2 as a rear wheel drive vehicle.

CAR also confirms the rumors that the Z2 is being concieved as both a roadster and a coupe.

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      06-20-2011, 09:06 AM   #2
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sorry but it will be FWD. BMW has already hinted at this, and they wouldn't cause such a stir if it weren't so.
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      06-20-2011, 09:59 AM   #3
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huh... i was expecting something more than this.... hopefully will look better
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      06-20-2011, 10:06 AM   #4
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the front, rear & side of the body look good and balanced. more points for rear & side. There's room for front to improve in terms of making the both end of the front bumper less straight & square.
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The front of the car looks a little too riced out. I can appreciate the design and the aggressive look they are after. But a spaceship front end is not the way to go. Thats probably why they have not found any spy photos. They are changing it. (I hope)
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      06-20-2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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The Z1 will be front wheel drive, while the Z3 will be RWD!

This car appears to be more in the direction of the new Z3
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I would love this car and probably buy one, but only if t is RWD!
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Frankly, I can't see why BMW would produce both a Z2 and Z4 without having a major price difference between the the two. The Z4 is already a slow selling car in North America, witness the great lease rates for May and June.
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Cadillac and BMW team up and join Toyota to produce a rather ugly fwd cheap roadster. Can't wait!
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      06-22-2011, 06:02 PM   #10
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Except for a few differences, you guys are bashing a car that looks strikingly similar to the car we all own.
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It's pretty nice...as these photoshops evolve (and I'll assume they appear as a result of more info BMW is putting out) the car gets better and better. This last one, especially the rear view and the new shoulder line cut along the side is sweet.

3 things they have to do to get me seriously interested-
RWD!
msrp this little puppy around 34-36k for the entry base model.

btw- shouldn't we start to see some mules pretty soon.
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Scott26/27 any updates that you can comment on.

Thank you sir!
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the back looks a little strange
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