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Rumor: New BMW Z3 to be launched?

Rumors | May 31st, 2011 by 13
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Ready for another rumor? According to BMW insider Scott27, the Munich-based automaker is looking to revive the BMW Z3, the popular roadster that proved to …

Ready for another rumor? According to BMW insider Scott27, the Munich-based automaker is looking to revive the BMW Z3, the popular roadster that proved to be very successful among BMW fans.

As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt while we’re digging around for confirmation from other sources. Here is what the BMW insider has to say:

The new roadster strategy included a Z2, but while the Z2 was originally part of the F20 modular matrix expansion, BMW has now downsized the car onto another cost-effective platform – the UKL matrix, the modular structure that will accommodate the next MINI and the BMW FWD family. The decision was made to allow BMW to have an entry level roadster as part of its new FWD family which will be under the designation of the BMW 1er. The BMW 1er Sporthatch which will be seen this week will accommodate sDrive badges to distinguish the RWD from the FWD 1er models.

Rumor: New BMW Z3 to be launched?Now the proposal is seen as a BMW Z1 which will allow BMW to share the Z1 Roadster with the next generation MINI Coupe/Roadster/Spyder. The new MINI Coupe and Roadster are very short lifecycle cars. The idea is for the Z1 Roadster to sustain the small Roadster segment whilst a new MINI Coupe and Roadster will arrive in the second half of the decade. The direction the next MINI Coupe and Roadster take will depend on the reaction to the new car which will break cover in a few weeks time. The car could take on a more individual appearance from the next MINI.

Z1 will allow the BMW 1er FWD family to offer a variety of cars to customers who are expected to migrate from other brands to BMW. The company recently held workshops in cities in Germany where they did a survey on the FWD City Compact and the FWD GT. Subjects chosen were not BMW customers but from other brands, and found the two cars different and very appealing. The Compact was very well received as was the GT which was tested amongst current owners of euro- mini MPV’s.

With the movement of the Z2 to the UKL matrix, but under a newer design guise to bring it into contention with the other UKL cars, the original Z2 proposal will now move upwards to effectively replace the Z4 as the premium entry roadster market which is proposed as a BMW Z3, the resurrection of the 1995-2002 first modern BMW Roadster. Given that the segment grows not only in markets but also in dimensions, the Z3 allows for the Z4 to take another surge upmarket and retain its current appearance with a folding hard-top as the Z5. Effectively in what the Z2 was – RWD , soft-top , compact and additional Coupe ,will now be the Z3 if BMW’s executives get their way.

The return of the name is something that could bring the nostalgic owners back and another choice for the “Homecoming” visitors who take their annual pilgrimage to Spartanburg each year to it’s home. Z3 could even return to Spartanburg for production if it proved cost effective for BMW?”

There you have it, more rumors on top of the already long-time speculated BMW Z2.

[Source: GCF ]

  • Peter423232

    BMW is making too many new models. 

    • Alex

      and naming them quite stupidly. The Z4 becomes the Z5, the 1er coupe becomes the 2er coupe. Why so many series, they were doing great before.

  • Manny Antunes

    Enough already!!!!!!!!  BMW STOP WITH THE INSANITY!!!!!

    • T.

       When you think of it ? It is more adjustment than adding new models.
      But when you look at the them they all fill the key segments that are important to BMW this decade - namely UKL/MINI , Premium Compact and Premium Entry.

      The 1er Coupe/Cabrio  becomes the 2er
      The 3er Coupe/Cabrio/Gran Coupe becomes the 4er
      The UKL Roadster becomes the Z1 due to the UKL FWD family being introduced as 1er models.
      The proposal for Z2 becomes Z3.
      The next Z4 moves upwards to become the Z5.

      • Manny Antunes

        So in other words. BMW is abandoning it’s commitment to develop the premium midsize, performance, and luxury.. C’mon, this is crazy! I hope their gamble is right. otherwise BMW will become VW owned. 

        • T.

          The growth for new products this decade. Is going to come from three specific segments – UKL/MINI , Premium Compact and Premium Entry – Every manufacturer is investing in these segments because they hold the cards especially in relation to appealing to customers in emerging markets.
          Audi , Mercedes-Benz etc are developing similar cars for their growth.

          In 2015 China is projected to be the largest market for premium luxury cars with sales of upwards to 1 Million units. By 2020 that will be 2 million units.   Of course BMW will want to have a large percentage of the market and are now turning attention to such Premium projects , abandoned by the economic crisis and of course next generations of 5,6,7 and the X twins. now that they have prepped their key growth segments.

          Another key important car for BMW’s continued growth in China is the BMW 3er Li which will be introduced next year.  Another important car for China is the BMW 3er Gran Turismo.
          The 5er Gran Turismo has been well received in China where it is seen as a more luxurious and exclusive offering than the BMW 5er Li.  

          • Manny Antunes

            Thanks “T” ;)

      • Manny Antunes

        So in other words. BMW is abandoning it’s commitment to develop the premium midsize, performance, and luxury.. C’mon, this is crazy! I hope their gamble is right. otherwise BMW will become VW owned. 

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  • Anonymous

    Is “T” scott? def sounds like him

  • http://twitter.com/meghanne701 Meghanne Foye
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/RT-Elkin/664229094 R.T. Elkin

    I couldn’t care less about luxury past the required leather/wood interior (more colors & varieties, please!  and amidst eighteen shades of blue and silver, would it kill you to throw in a British Racing Green, a purple, and a yellow of some sort on the ///Mmmachines we love so dearly??).  In fact, I’d rather see BMW put the rest of that “luxury” development $$ into building better-handling, faster, more fuel-efficient fun-to-drive cars instead of trying to play second-fiddle to Benz, which isn’t your target audience anyway.  But no more Hofmeister-Knick means no more interest here.  X-drive’s fine for those who can’t drive RWD in the weather, or for trucks like the X5 kind of stuff, but FWD is the cheapest, worst-handling garbage around, and it’ll be a true shame if it gets into the performance dough & ruins the speedy strudel.

  • http://twitter.com/Fantastic_Beats Ofentse Letsholo

    nice….BMW is back for good than any other car manufacture… AYYYYYYYYYOOOOBA

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