The idea is yet to get the full green light from the top brass at BMW, but we understand it has hit the highest level meaning that light change can't be too far off.
Everything is getting smaller, SUV's, Engines and now Roadsters. A report filed by German magazine Autozeitung has outlined BMW's plans to produce a Z2 roadster based on the platform of the 1-Series. The idea is yet to get the full green light from the top brass at BMW, but we understand it has hit the highest level meaning that light change can't be too far off.
There is a wide open market for an affordable roadster, particularly in the premium segment, the base 150hp Z4 currently sets consumers back a cool €30K whilst the 265hp model comes in at over €40K and with the launch of the its replacement almost upon us, there are no signs of this abating.
The BMW 1-series platform is perfectly poised to provide the underpinnings of the Z2, it has already successfully launched a convertible version for the 1-series and any modifications required should be quite inexpensive.
The Z2 would come with a fabric roof and styling would likely follow in the vein of its larger sibling. The ready made engine line-up of the 1-series should see an enticing 0-100km/h time of just under seven seconds and the top speed would lie at around 240km/h.
We would expect to see the Z2 hit the autoshow circuit in 2012 before going on sale the following year.