BMW could finally be preparing to launch a compact new roadster that would enter below the existing Z4 convertible.
Expected to be called Z2, the new model has been the subject of reports and speculation for years now - but reports out of the US suggest the project is now a ‘go’.
This would make it only the second front-wheel-drive model to wear a BMW badge, with the Active Tourer blazing that trail earlier this year.
Utilising the UKL1 platform would likely also see the next Cooper's engine options carry over to the BMW, from entry-level units to the more powerful engine driving the Cooper S hot-hatch.
The Z2 would enter as a more affordable sports entry into the BMW family, just as the 1 Series opened the door to new buyers in 2004.
And while enthusiasts will howl at the front-wheel-drive design, a compact and affordable roadster would undoubtedly prove popular among mainstream buyers.
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