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BMW Z2 spied? Nah, not really….

Spy Photos | April 13th, 2010 by 8

What supposed to be breaking news in the BMW world today, turned out to be just a flop. Our friends over at Worldcarfans took the …

What supposed to be breaking news in the BMW world today, turned out to be just a flop. Our friends over at Worldcarfans took the bait this time (it happened to us in the past as well) and based on some spy photos sent in by a California-based reader, they published an article that was meant to be the first spy photo of the rumored, but never really confirmed BMW Z2 Roadster.

Unfortunately for all of us, the test mule turned out to be a regular Z4 model, an older prototype that seems to continue testing the soft top variant, one of the two options that never made it into production.

It is unclear why BMW has omitted to destroy these test mules, but that’s beside the point at this moment, so let’s take a moment and recap what we learned in the past about the BMW Z2.

BMW Z2 spied? Nah, not really....

It is rumored to be based on next generation 1er platform and will offer more expansion in the premium compact segment. Some of the variants considered are a mild and full hybrid , along with diesel and petrol powerplants.

Target weight for both Coupe and Roadster is 2,200 lbs (1000 kg).

BMW will only offer the Z2 as a four cylinder, no six cylinder engine will be available to keep the car from entering the Z4’s segment. The base engine will be a 1.6 liter unit with twin turbo charging and direct injection , power output will be in the region of 145-150 horsepower. A second engine again will be a Twin-Turbo four cylinder unit which will output 200-204 horsepower and a 2.0 liter four cylinder Twin Turbo will top the range with 240-250 horsepower.

The roof of the BMW Z2 will retain the conventional easy folding soft-top. No electric powered hood will be offered due to the easy fold and secure function of the Z2. The roof section folds in slats with rear window section folding flat and roof concertinaing into the hood compartment. This allows for more trunk space and expands the cars lightweight intentions.

The Z2 will feature the first phase in BMW’s upcoming Intelligent LED technology. The front end appearance of the car is identified in a way that is similar to BMW’s interior technology in which instruments are illuminated using a unique black panel technology.

The front of the Z2 with Intelligent LED technology is similar, all you see is the uniquely shaped kidney grille and larger driving lights – when the lights are activated the interpretation of the BMW double headlamps are fully illuminated.

If the rumors stand, the car will be shown first as a Concept, with the production Z2 Roadster model arriving in mid 2013, and BMW Z2 Coupe late 2013.

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  • badger

    this could just be a cheaper Z4 soft top for California weather

  • Russell

    What’s the car in front of the Z4? I wondered if it was being used as a chase car for some other test bed, such as a 3erGT, but I don’t know American cars at all.

    • Jag

      5er GT

  • elgee

    target 1000kgs? I think that’s quiet impossible nowadays!!!

    • Auday

      based on the next gen 1er and weighing only 1000kg is kind of a miracle, the current 1 is almost 1600kg so shaving, but who knows. I’ll be happy if they make it under 1200kg.

  • bob

    Well, let’s not totally dismiss this just yet.

    Keeping this in a vaguely “Z” context, when the E85 was developed, BMW had three levels of prototypes.

    “KEX”
    “IEX”
    “PPP”

    The first, KEX, is where they use a heavily modified platform of the car to be replaced (in E85’s case, the E36/7), to test individual components, the “K”. Perhaps that’s what we’re seeing here. Perhaps, perhaps not.

    If indeed the “Z2″, why they would choose to use an E89 mule instead of an E88, your guess would be as good as mine. In some regards it doesn’t matter — recall that the first R-R Phantom mules looked kinda like a jacked-up E38 on its way to a monster truck rally. Further, BMW now operates in terms of various *modules* rather than specific platforms…So, this could be just about anything, including a Z2 or a new E89 variant.

  • kg

    That picture was taken at Main Beach in Laguna Beach. I always see BMW mules driving through Laguna on PCH.

  • bmw blood

    At last, we low budget people would one day able to own and experience the BMW drive that many can only experience in their sleep.

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