The final Z car will be a new Z2 scheduled for release in 2011. After seeing a sales decline for its Z4, BMW is desperate for a low priced roadster similar in spirit to the original Z3, which enjoyed consistent sales throughout its life. The new Z2 will be smaller and a lot more sporty than the Z3, sharing much in common with the Z4 and will be positioned against the likes of Mazda’s MX-5. The picture above is a rendering of what the Z2 might look like by German magazine Autobild.
For the estimated starting price of $29,000, the new Z2 will receive a unique interior and drivetrain. The only body style will be a canvas soft-top but there will be four engine options ranging from a 150hp 1.8i to a top of the line M-car with 300hp on tap. All cars will use a 2.0L four-cylinder. Other BMW goodies will be active steering, a new paddle-shift dual-clutch transmission and sports suspension sitting on 17 or 18in wheels. Curb weight is estimated to be 2139lbs, undercutting the already lithe MX-5. Though a decision on the car is expected to be finalized next year, we hope interest may spur on light-weight cars from other makers such as Audi and its KTM concept.