Breathtaking BMW concept revealed

2012-05-29 08:44

BMW has unveiled a once-off concept at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este classic car show on the banks of beautiful Lake Como in Italy.

The car, a joint venture between BMW and Zagato, “fuses the design DNA" of both companies to create a distinctive and breathtaking vehicle.

The hand-built BMW Zagato coupe is road-legal while the German automaker hasn't revealed much in terms of the vehicle's mechanics, only stating its capable of achieving staggering speeds since its built around the Z4 chassis.


Andrea Zagato, the third generation of his family to sit at the helm of the company, said: "Zagato has always provided its customers with ready-to-drive cars which can be sent into action on the road or track without further ado and the BMW Zagato Coupé fits the same template."

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Each partner shares a passion for designing cars that stretches back morre than 80 years with BMW re-establishling a connection with the Rivolta family. Marella Rivolta, wife of Andrea Zagato, is Zagato's art director responsible for the new model's trim and colours.

The hands of Italian designers were responsible for the BMW 3200 Michelotti Vignale (1959), 700 (1959), 3200 CS Bertone (1962) and M1 (1978).

Like its design inspiration, the coupe model sports a long bonnet with traditional BMW touches such as twin headlights and a kidney grille. A stand-out detail is the use of numerous matte Zagato “Z” letters making up the grille. It's also easy to spot Zagato's signature touches such as the "double bubble" roof and "Kamm Tail" rear end.

Another typical Zagato touch is on the side windows which are tilted upwards to meet the rear. At the rear you can see the "Codatronca" design of Zagato and a hint of a spoiler.

The rims deserve special mention as the propeller-inspired, five-spoked, 19" alloy rims complement the curvy wheel arches brilliantly.


The Zagato coupe in finished in Rosso Vivace paint, which makes it appear to change colour under different lighting.

The Zagato Coupé also has a rather interesting Rosso Vivace paint finish that can appear as anything from bright red to something close to black, depending on the lighting situation. The paint job consists of black primer covered in a layer of shimmering metallic silver and six ultra-thin coats of red paint followed by two layers of clear coat.

The interior follows a typical BMW style with a dash of Zagato inspired detailing as is evident by the materials and used. The interior too in hand-built and sports horizontal lines along the dashboard and doors. The leather trim has been finished in varying shades of grey and a “Z” has been embroidered into the seats.

Two exclusive accessories are available with the new model – a hat bag and a travel bag.

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  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-28 12:55

    i am a huge fan of BMW but im not happy with this embarrasment from BMW.

  • Mark - 2012-05-28 13:18

    looks like a Z4 from the front and side... don't like the back at all..

  • trevorlbennett - 2012-05-28 13:35

    A standard Z4 looks better than this.

  • Richard - 2012-05-28 13:50

    I thought this was a mildly facelifted Z4. Waste of time.

  • mohamed.kalla.3 - 2012-05-28 14:23

    I think BMW has finally lost the plot :| #audifan

  • Phoenix - 2012-05-28 14:34

    Looks A LOT like the Perana Z-One (now apaprently called the AC 378 GT Zagato. Clearly it is more an 8 series than a 4 series.

  • Dumisani - 2012-05-29 07:59

    photos never do any bmw justice, wait till you see it in the metal!!! #I Love

  • Deon - 2012-05-29 08:38

    Zagato has only one mould and try to built everything around that. The rear looks like every other vehicle they produced, ugly.

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