The Milanese coachmaker Zagato has teamed up with BMW to unveil one of the finest specimens of automotive workshop-the BMW Zagato Coupe. It was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como. The car is based on the Vmax concept, which means it had to be aerodynamically optimized design capable of reaching high speeds, as well as be a road-legal vehicle. Apart from its bodywork it has been deduced to share the same specifications as that of current BMW Z4 under the hood.
The bodywork picks up design cues from both companies. Its chassis is handcrafted from aluminium sheet metal. The grille mesh on the front is a pattern of interlocked ‘Z’, matched by polished ‘Z’ details along the side of the car. Large cooling ducts feature on the shapely bonnet, highlighting the presence of a high-performance engine beneath. Twin circular headlights and the kidney-shaped grille reflect BMW heritage .
The flanks adopt the classical BMW Roadster lines. The attractive interplay of lines draws attention to the rear wheels and the car’s rear-wheel-drive configuration.
The coupe design necessitated a double bubble roof which is another Zagato signature. This closely resembles the Aston V12 Zagato. It’s distinctive Kamm Tail gives a broad, low-slung appearance. The rear end is transparent giving the distinctive Zagato experience . A curved bar on the rear, just below the panel featuring the BMW logo, sports the Zagato trademark The tinted rear window can be opened, offering access to the rear luggage compartment.
The car features 19 inch alloy wheels.The exterior is done with Rose Vivace- an expressive shade of red which has an iridescent effect and returns different shades depending upon the amount of light incident on it. This effect was achieved by laying the solid base and then applying six coats of red, followed by two more coats of clear varnish.
There has been no official word on its specifications. Since it is based on the current Z4, we presume it is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight six that produces 340 horsepower in the top-of-the-line Z4 sDrive35is.
If you are already thinking of getting one of these, you have to wait. BMW has no plans of putting it into production as of now.