Originally Posted by jippii ensio
I believe it is because they have a big following of people used to Miata being rwd. Z2 is a new car so it does not need to compromise anything for historical reasons. Moreover Bmw has rwd Z4 for those who want to have Bmw and rwd.
Miata owners don't even know how to drive fwd fast
You got your chicken and egg backwards. Mazda made the Miata RWD first, then came the big following of enthusiasts. If BMW wants the Z2 to be a hit with enthusiasts, they should do the same.