Z4-based BMW Zagato Coupe heads for Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’EstePOSTED BY admin ON 26 May 2012
BMW earlier teased an upcoming collaboration, and it appears that our initial guess was spot on, a Z4 with a touch of Zagato.
Not since Giorgetto Giugiaro’s M1 and Nazca concept cars has an Italian styling name ever shared the same metal canvas as BMW’s kidney grille and roundel badge.
And we have to say it certainly is the prettiest thing to sport a roundel badge since the 1950’s 507 roadster.
Called the BMW Zagato Coupe, this one-off is destined to be unveiled at the annual high-class classic and vintage car show, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Built to be what Zagato deems as a ‘Vmax concept’, the Zagato Coupe is to be road-legal, designed for high speeds, and able to meet all legal as well as crash safety regulations.
Basically a driveable re-skinned car rather than a mere show car loaded with wishful thinking and destined for the podiums of motorshows and museums.
The fiercely traditional Milanese styling house once again applies their own signature styling cues by using the age old method of hand and aluminium.
All of Zagato’s cues are there, the double-bubble roof, organic surfaces, and a voluptuous rump which is tapered off with Kamm-tail, which evokes memories of Zagato’s Alfa Romeo TZ3 and their own Perana Z-One.
The prominent kidney grille, as BMW teased earlier, comes fitted with tiny ‘z’ emblems arranged in a style inspired by Buckmister Fuller’s geodetic structures to add depth.
The choice of colour used to dress this exquisite coupe is a shade of red known as Rosso Vivace, further reinforcing the idea that colour specialists have picked out ‘metallic red’ as the colour of the season for show cars.
In the cabin, Zagato touch is less pronounced with the dark interior accentuate by a red trim line that stretches through the cockpit, red stitching on dark grey leather trim, and a helping of ‘z’ emblems embroidered into the seats.
Hopefully the subtle touches to the interior and flamboyant exterior surfaces and pronounced shape would make the multi-millionaires at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este forget they are looking at a mere BMW.
After all the last Zagato creation to appear at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este not only won the event’s Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes, it also generated enough of interest and opened plenty of chequebooks for a production version to be approved.
Perhaps they won’t notice.