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      03-26-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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BMW Z2: gets the green light for 2012

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According to German auto tabloid Autobild, BMW's given the green light to the long-brewing BMW Z2, a roadster based on the 1-series and even more compact than the Z4. Innovation through segmentation!

The latest dubiously necessary vehicle from BMW will take advantage of the BMW Project i platform, which denotes "innovative, intelligent, and inspired," it also means using the rear wheel drive 1-series platform to build a compact coupe and convertible around 2,200 lbs. Rumor has it the car will be available with a range of motivational units, including a gas engine, a hybrid drive and an all-electric system. We do know BMW has been putting cash into electrification technology, but we'd be surprised to see it debut in an entry level model first. Expect to see a concept version of the Z2 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and production targeted for 2012.


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a roadster based on the 1-series and even more compact than the Z4.
Didn't we almost have that in the Z3?


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I believe it's literature about green technology.
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      03-26-2009, 11:57 AM   #4
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What's a green lit?
there... happy now?
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Dollars to donuts it won't look that cool at production time. Looks like they're avoiding the sow's belly though. That's a big plus.
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2200lb is a pipe dream. The rest still sounds fantastic.
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The rear looks pretty hot on that illustration, the front end...not so much...
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2200lb is a pipe dream. The rest still sounds fantastic.
Agreed. I'm surprised they'd even throw that number out there. It's obviously unrealistically low.
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Is the supposed to be the Mini-Z?
Z Jr.?
Z-lite?

Either they are insane and will end up canabalizing most of their more profitable roadster sales, or they're crazy as a fox and think that they can use a car like this to recruit lots of new BMW enthusiasts who wouldn't otherwise buy a BMW (and will move up to the bigger ticket toys as they grow up). The problem with that approach is that this a roadster, not a practical hatchback or something that most people who can't afford a BMW would be looking to buy. How many Miata sales are there to steal?
2200 lbs? Sure, and be sure to give it an N54 too.
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http://e89.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=244994
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Sorry - didn't even know there was a Z2 forum. Never go to the E89 forum.
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s'all good, nobody does lol.
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