Rumors about a BMW Z2 have been swirling for years but Car & Driver is reporting the model could finally be launched in 2016 or 2017.

Rumors about a BMW Z2 have been swirling for years but Car & Driver is reporting the model could finally be launched in 2016 or 2017.

According to their sources, the entry-level roadster will ride on the front-wheel drive UKL platform that underpins the MINI Cooper and 2-Series Active Tourer. This won't make the purists happy but the model is expected to be relatively lightweight as it will reportedly feature a conventional fabric roof.

Speaking of weight, the model could tip the scales at a little over 2500 lbs (1134 kg). If this number pans out, the Z2 would weight about 763 lbs (346 kg) less than the Z4 sDrive28i.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but the model would likely offer an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines. There have also been rumors about an M variant which could have all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops up to 300 bhp ((224 kW).

BMW Z2 roadster coming in 2016 or 2017 - report