Well-known "automotive manipulator" Theophilus Chin has envisioned a very appealing look for BMW's rumored Z2.

We assume very few people would have a problem if the real Z2 would look exactly as depicted in these digital renders which show a very appealing body for what is expected to be BMW's entry-level roadster. If the design looks a little bit familiar, that's because Theophilus Chin used as foundation the Zagato Roadster revealed a couple of years ago at Pebble Beach.

The latest rumor indicates the Z2 will be out in 2016 or 2017 riding on the UKL platform and boasting a rather controversial front-wheel drive layout. It will allegedly weigh only 1,134 kg (2,500 lbs) thanks to various lightweight measures such as the adoption of a soft top instead of a heavier metal roof.

Engine lineup will likely be carried over from the MINI Cooper and 2-Series Active Tourer so expect an array of three- and four-cylinder motors. The same report said something about a Z2 M equipped with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine generating approximately 300 bhp (224 kW) sent to an all-wheel drive system.

2016/2017 BMW Z2 speculatively rendered