BMW has been on a niche-filling binge, thanks in part to their all-new modular platform, which has allowed the automaker to stretch the possibilities more than a plastic surgeon could elasticize Joan van Ark’s face.
One of the new models in mind was a subcompact roadster in the form of a Z2–that hit the rumor mill quite some time ago. Now, CARandDRIVER happily reports that the Z2 is still relevant. As previously reported, the Z2 will most likely send its wheel to the front wheels–and that of course means the use of BMW’s latest UKL platform, which also served as the starting point for the current and all-new 2015 Mini Cooper as well as the next generation BMW 1-Series.
According to the new report, the Z2 may also receive the same selection of BMW-sourced three- and four-cylinder engines as the Mini and 1-Series. Though C/D says that it will most likely just be the four-cylinder engine taking duty. Power is expected to hover between the 160 to 230hp mark. A potential M variant could also take form, sending around 300hp to the front-wheels–yes, you probably just cringed as much as we did.
A launch date sometime in 2016 or early 2017 is expected with prices beginning somewhere around $30,000. The M version is expected to start around $50k.