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      08-26-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Update On BMW Z2 Coupe, Z2 Roadster, and Future 1-series

Z2 Roadster / Z2 Coupe:

The Z2 which has been designed @ Designworks is coming along it is a unique interpretation of a BMW Roadster. And BMW Board have also approved a Coupe Z2 because of the potential of these two concepts.

*Previously provided info on Z2 -

Future 1-series:

To understand the importance of the new 1er which will lead BMW’s response to the growth of the small premium compact that the 1er will launch with the highest amount of innovations for a new BMW it will also bring technology normally found on 5er models and upwards.

The recession taught one thing that customers are willing to downsize if their cars offer the same features.

The 1er Sporthatch will launch early next summer prior to it’s official World Premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt , September 2011 and coincide with it’s arrival in the european market.

The Sporthatch will be available as both a 3dr (F21) and 5dr (F20). The next generation 1er Coupe (F22) will launch late 2012, prior to the 1M and the significant launch of BMW’s electric car programme which is similar to the MINI E programme , in which (E82) 1er Coupe eDrive will be used for the evaluation. The 1er cabrio (F23) will arrive in mid 2013.

A year after it’s first launch in the European market BMW will launch their first serious competive hatch and resurrect the Tii badge for a Turbocharged 1er sporthatch in both 3dr and 5dr formats. Power output will be at 240PS and the cars will differ from initial M-Sport aerodynamic packets with stand alone aero packets. They will also be limited in color choice.

To signify the importance of this segment, BMW’s board have approved further designations to increase the 1er platform. The main modular structure of the 1er will also be shared with the new 3er and will allow BMW to build additional models for the 1er and 3er from the same platform. Think of the structure as meccano or lego. Firewalls and suspension mounts can be placed to suit the model whereas the ability to use front wheel drive , rear wheel drive and of course all wheel drive is made easier as is engine placement. MINI will also benefit.

This strategy will allow BMW to increase it’s profit margins for both the 1er and 3er models.

Other such ideas conceived include a 1er Gran Turismo variant which looks more like a sleek X6 shaped five door.

A Compactive Sport Tourer which is like a larger hatch come tourer.

Other Models:

Other ideas have included a Gran Coupe type four dr. A shooting Brake in both 3dr and 5dr. A Sedan has been
dismissed within the European market due to BMW’s large European fleet sales which rely on lower engined 3er Sedans and Tourings.

The FWD BMW City Car which is planned as a 3dr first , but initial design ideas have also brought a four dr sedan in the size of the E30 as well as a Roadster.

And the innovative “Y” model a combinationation of “X” meets “Z” which shows that BMW still believe in the ideas seen from the X Coupe.

And of course this time the next generation 2014 1M Coupe will not be an afterthought.