BMW Z2 roadster reportedly axed

BMW Z2 roadster reportedly axed

Reports from across the Atlantic claim that BMW is will not be producing its long-awaited Z2 open-top sports car.

According to the UK’s Car Magazine, the proposed upscale Mazda MX-5 rival has been axed by new leadership at the German company. The Chairman Harald Kruger and R&D head Klaus Frohlich cited a shrinking sports car market and the unquenchable desire for ever more variations of SUVs and crossovers as reasons for

The roadster, which may have been spotted in mule form as recently as six months ago, would have been offered with either three- or four-cylinder engines. Two layouts were rumored: front-wheel-drive, which would’ve aligned with the Mini and 1-Series platform; and rear-wheel-drive, which led to speculation that it was part of a Toyota joint project for the next Scion FR-S. Either way, the price point would have straddled the gap between the Miata and the Audi TT and slotting below the Z4.

BMW’s plans to put the Mini Superleggera Vision into production are still on the table, though Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad group head Peter Schwarzenbauer has said it would be an “economically challenging project.”

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