Rumors: BMW Z2 Coupe, Z2 Roadster, and Future 1-series

Rumors | August 30th, 2010 by 7
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The usual BMW insider Scott26 gives us another insight into the BMW Z2 Roadster and Coupe models. Last year, we announced that BMW has given …

The usual BMW insider Scott26 gives us another insight into the BMW Z2 Roadster and Coupe models. Last year, we announced that BMW has given the green light to the new BMW Z2 Roadster which will launch in the second half of 2012. A Coupe variant will follow as well.

BMW Z2 is based on next generation 1 Series platform and it is build under the Project i umbrella and the BMW’s EfficientDynamics program. The Z2 will be a rear-drive vehicle and will feature different powertrains. The options considered are an all-electric engine, a hybrid with range extender petrol engine and a new 1.6 liter turbocharged engine developing near 200 horsepower.

The latest rumors around these new models mention that the cars are being design by BMW Designworks.

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Moving onto the new BMW 1 Series, same insider mentions that the cars will continue to “play” in the small premium compact segment which has seen important growth in the recent years. The new 1ers will bring the highest amount of innovations for a new BMW, including technology found in the more expensive 5 and 7 Series.

Frankfurt Auto Show 2011 will host the official launch of the 1 Series Hatchback. Sales will begin shortly after.

The Hatchback will be available in a 3 door and 5 door configuration. The next generation 1 Series Coupe (F22) will launch in late 2012, prior to the launch of BMW Megacity Vehicle.

For evaluation purposes, BMW will build a 1 Series Coupe (eDrive) with an electric drive.

The 1er Convertible (F23) will arrive in mid-2013.

The rumormill doesn’t stop here. A year after the introduction in the European market, BMW plans to introduce a sporty hatchback under the Tii badge. Power output will be at 240 horsepower and the cars will differ from initial M-Sport aerodynamic packets with stand alone aero packages. They will also be offered with limited colors.

To signify the importance of the small premium compact segment, BMW board approved further expansion of 1 Series-based vehicles. The main modular structure of the 1 Series will also be shared with the new 3 Series, and will allow BMW to build additional models from the same platform. Firewalls and suspension mounts can be placed to suit the model, therefore the ability to use front-wheel drive , rear-wheel drive, and of course all-wheel drive is made easier due to the engine placement. MINI will also benefit from this platform.

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

The rumored BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo and Compactive Sport Tourer are still part of these plans.

7 responses to “Rumors: BMW Z2 Coupe, Z2 Roadster, and Future 1-series”

  1. 1Mc says:

    Going to be an interesting and defining few years for BMW

  2. T says:

    In the past year the project has really picked up pace and it is in thanks to the MINI Coupe and Roadster. The reaction to these two models since their introduction a year ago has been outstanding , We even feel that the MINI Coupe has the potential to go as viral as the BMW 1M .
    Anyway the response got people thinking in effect how BMW can benefit with a similar concept but based off the profitable 1er and 3er structure.

    The key to understand the philosophy for the Z Twins is that BMW are intent on making them at a specific target weight and use a synergy between the car division and BMW Motorrad.

    It will use some of the protocols from Project-i , the body will be aluminium and mixed with reinforced plastic for the body panels. BMW’s target weight is 1000KG that is the desired ceiling for this model and the synergy from Motorrad will provide the car division the ability to reach it’s target.

    Z2 originally scheduled to forgo six cylinders for four , But BMW are now evaluating on two engine choices including a specially adapted three cylinder engine for the car. The specific output however will be unique to the car.
    Another option is BMW have developed an inline six for Motorrad that engineers have tested within a tubular frame and modular chassis.
    Electric Power will also be available as an alternative drive train.

    The synergy with BMW Motorrad is significant because the engineers have been extensively adapting technology from Motorrad for use in a car.
    Reason being that some of the components are smaller and incredibly lightweight. They have built and tested a chassis using components from Motorrad and the results have been very impressive, not to mention the reduction in weight.

    This synergy is extra exciting because it is one of a kind. Mercedes nor Audi have such resources unless they go and purchase a bike company. Which gives BMW an advantage in a new interpretation of a small lightweight concept exciting sports car. The same idea could be carried over to MINI.

    The reason why the 1er is one of our major strategies is because during the recession we learned that customers are willing to downsize as long as they share the same bodystyle, technology and luxuries . Which is why the new 1er will launch with so much innovation unheard of for a car of this segment and even a BMW. This stresses the importantance of the segment because it is one that is expected to show more growth than any other segment over the next decade.

    In the meantime we will begin to tease the MINI Coupe around Christmas.

  3. kcsnyud says:

    who are you? BMW CEO?

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