A new report coming from UK states BMW has decided to stop development of a Z2 Roadster.
A new report coming from UK states BMW has decided to stop development of a Z2 Roadster which was envisioned with a starting price of a little over £20,000 (about $31,000 / €27,600).
The model was supposed to come out as early as next year, but now CAR says the project was dropped by the new leadership under chairman Harald Krüger and R&D chief Klaus Fröhlich. This decision has been taken due to a shrinking sportscar market and also because more and more customers prefer crossovers and SUVs. Another possible reason which led to the Z2's termination is BMW's possible plan to put the MINI Superleggera Vision concept into production, although a final decision has not been taken just yet.
The BMW Z2 was envisioned with a front-wheel drive layout and riding on the UKL platform, with power coming from the familiar 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engine as well as from beefier 4-cylinder 2.0-liter motors. There were also some rumors about a stronger version packing a 300 bhp (224 kW) punch and an economical 3-cylinder diesel model emitting less than 100 g/km of CO2.