BMW Z2 MX-5 Fighter Dubbed 'Inessential,' Cancelled

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
bmw z2 mx 5 fighter dubbed inessential cancelled

Despite models like the i8 and Z4, BMW is more interested in SUVs and crossovers than sports cars these days. Case in point: The Z2 has been cancelled.

The Z2 would have gone toe-to-toe with the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat’s Spyder beginning in 2016, Car reports, but was deemed “inessential” in the face of both booming SUV sales and a sluggish sports car market by chairman Harald Krüger and R&D boss Klaus Fröhlich, a move in line with sales boss Ian Robertson’s belief the sports car market may never recover.

The roadster would have slotted under the Z4, come with a £20,000 ($31,000 USD) starting price tag, and been limited to three- and four-cylinder engine options delivering their power to the front wheels.

The aforementioned FWD setup would have been the result of the Z2 sharing a platform with the MINI, BMW 1 Series, and the front-driven models in the BMW 2 Series, a setup also shared by the still-alive MINI Superleggera roadster.

[Photo credit: BMW]

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  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jun 16, 2015

    "...been limited to three- and four-cylinder engine options delivering their power to the front wheels." Epic fail.

  • PeteRR PeteRR on Jun 16, 2015

    Fröhlich! Weihnachten?

  • Alexndr333 Alexndr333 on Jun 17, 2015

    The fact that BMW would only consider this as a front-driver, and then abandon it altogether indicates to me that, just as Honda is an engine company that happens to build cars, BMW is a roundel company that happens to build cars. Both companies build good cars, but that's not their fundamental raison d'etre.

  • SunnyvaleCA SunnyvaleCA on Jun 17, 2015

    Since the price was listed in British Pounds and then merely converted to USD using the current exchange rate, I think we can assume the car would be less than the $31k mentioned. The price in England includes all taxes and cars typically cost more there as a rule of thumb. Maybe the car would be actually price competitive with the Miata. Anyway, even if it were price competitive with the Miata, would it be nearly as good a car? Would badge snobs buy it anyway even though it's small, noisy, etc? Wouldn't a base 1-series or 2-series be a better choice for people just wanting the badge?