Although the BMW Z2 Roadster and Z2 Coupe are not expected to debut until 2013, we should begin to see and hear more news and renderings in 2011, like this latest one from Carmagazine UK. The Z2 has been designed at Designworks and will be based on the next generation F20 1-series platform. BMW’s design philosophy is to keep the car lighweight, dynamic, and sporty by using a high strength steel body with aluminum doors and front bonnet. Based on earlier rumors, the target weight for both the Z2 coupe and roadster is 1000kg (only 2,200 pounds)! We’ll believe that one when we see it, but it’s good to hear that keeping the Z2′s weight down is a principle concern.
Here are the other previously rumored (speculative) … CONTINUED
On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor, as well as the end of production of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series.
Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule (inside).
We reported earlier about the rumor that BMW was considering to build a fourth model at the US plant in Spartanburg, SC. Ian Robertson, member of the BMW board of management responsible for sales and marketing, now confirmed with FAZ that they were actually looking into this. While there’s no final decision, Robertson said they “would by no means put that off the table.” The US market continues to be the most important market for premium vehicles, so an US production would make sense for either the F10 5-series or the new F30 3-series coming later this year.
BMW currently produces the X3, the X5 and the X6 at the Spartanburg Plant. As Robertson puts it, “the Spartanburg plant still has enough capacity to allow the … CONTINUED
Automobile has just tweeted some interesting news on the base Z4 which corroborates a recent report from a ZPOST member. If these reports are correct, the base BMW Z4 will soon be powered by two turbo 4-cylinder variants (sDrive20i and 28i) instead of the current naturally aspirated inline 6-cylinder. This would not come as a huge surprise as recent rhetoric from BMW has pointed to the likely use of turbo 4-cylinder engines in future BMW base models (i.e. next generation F30 3-series), especially with improvements in forced induction technology and the overall goal of increasing efficiency throughout its entire fleet.
The exact tweet states “BMW new 4-cyl coming this year in Z4 roadster. Replaces nat asp 6, so at least 200 hp” but according to the info … CONTINUED
Autocar Magazine in the UK is speculating that the rumored 3-cylinder engine that BMW has been working on for some time now, will be seen under the hood of the F30 3-Series. This should come as no surprise, as the 3-Series is the bread and butter volume car in the BMW brand, and such an efficient engine would go a long way into promoting BMW as THE brand for sustainability.
The engine itself is rumored to be a 1.5L 3-Cylinder diesel engine putting out 150HP and produce less than 100g/km of CO2. Its already been rumored that this engine setup, which will come in both diesel and regular gasoline formats will drive the smaller cars in the BMW lineup such as … CONTINUED
There is currently an inventory of over 27,000 “446″ BMW fuel pumps in the USA, which is potentially a good sign that BMW will be using this particular pump design to be the permanent final fix to the HPFP issues affecting N54 and N55 motors. There is usually an inventory of no more than 1000 fuel pumps in the USA at any given time.
Previous rumors have speculated that the Vision Efficientdynamics production model would be named the i100 or M100, but the latest rumor from BMW insider Scott26 is that it will be called the i8 and there will unfortunately be no M version.
Motortrend has posted its speculations on the 2012 F30 3 series, ruminating on the F30′s size, wheelbase, styling, suspension, and powertrain.
M3post member swamp2 has put together this technically based prediction of the next generation F32 M3′s performance specs. His predictions are 0-60mph of 3.7-3.9s, 0-100mph of 8.6-8.8s, 1/4 mile time of 11.9-12.1s, Nurburgring lap time of 7:53-7:58. These numbers are based on certain assumptions and unknowns, but it’s still a fun topic to discuss and digest.