This time, BMW offered its stunning creation called BMW Zagato Coupe at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este show, which was held on the charming shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. Earlier, BMW had offered show-stopping concepts of M1 Hommage and the 328 Hommage and now it has been teamed up with the famous Italian coachbuilder Zagato, which is house of renowned design and engineering, to dream up the Artistic car model. Thus, Italian flair… German precision… and a fairly sobering dose of reality; all these are available with the striking BMW Zagato coupe.
BMW Zagato Coupe is considered as the revitalization product of more than 50 years partnership and it is fully optimized for best performance, aerodynamic shape and sharp design. This model wears Italian design heritage of Zagato very proudly. Zagato Coupe combines the design DNA of the 2 companies into one fresh and distinct product. It is one-off model and also the product of countless hours of skilled hand-craftsmanship to give the new way to the tradition of coach building. In simple words, you can say the BMW Zagato Coupe is best example of styling with a street-legal vehicle. Meanwhile, you can experience classy legacy of BMW at the front of the car while Kamm Tail of the BMW Zagato Coupe has added Zagato footprints.
Its special highlight is kidney-shaped radiator grille which is complete with countless Zagato “z” hallmarks, really looks striking! This feature is expected to be specifically developed for the collaboration. The car has a distinctive and instantly recognizable personality with its extremely long bonnet, and double bubble roof and 19-inch alloy wheels that comes in classically sporty five-spoke design.
An amazing exterior paint finish of Rosso Vivace – an expressive shade of red adds life to the surfaces and forms of the BMW Zagato Coupé. For this thanks to the sophisticated paint application technology, the primer coat is made up of a black application for the brilliant red, which is followed by a layer of shimmering metallic silver. Now, there are six ultra-thin coats of the exclusively developed red shade to deliver the unique effect.
Twin circular headlights, chrome air intakes, capped off with matte exhaust pipes and a transparent rear end, clearly exhibits Zagato’s influence. Also, the Bavarian automaker remains reserved on its underpinnings and running gear as it is expected that Zagato Coupe uses one of the Bavarian firm’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engines, with either 320hp (306PS / sDrive35i) or 335hp (340PS / sDrive35is).
The car’s chunky rear wings look awesome. The car is visually divided into three sections, here the generous glass surfaces would open up a line of sight to the lights and into the interior. Even dark tint gives the sportier look to BMW Zagato Coupe.
BMW Zagato Coupe is based on the Z4′s cabin; Zagato made use of exquisite materials and high-quality details for the interior, like leather and Alcantara upholstery and amazing red stitching all across the seats along with its door panels and dash. Moreover, the seats have a big ‘Z’ embroidered into the headrests.
To create such a unique concept, CEO Andrea Zagato proposed the collaboration for these two companies which result in the great combo of the most creative minds within the two companies. This became easy, as Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada and van Hooydonk have been friends since many years. Also, Karim Habib, recent Head of BMW Design was one of the designers involved in the project.
Take a look at fantastic shots of BMW Zagato Coupe given below:
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