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.
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.