Milanese coachbuilder Zagato has teamed up with BMW to unveil the BMW Zagato CoupÃ©, a hand-crafted special that premiered at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
No news as to whether this is a hint at the new BMW Z4. But the BMW Zagato Coupé certainly looks like a BMW, yet at the same time, not entirely so. Italian design with German engineering has resulted in this special one-off car, likely powered by the 3.0-litre turbocharged unit from Munich. Although the exhaust note seen on some videos online suggest a more exotic engine configuration.
The BMW Zagato CoupÃ© heralds a new chapter in the tradition of cooperation between BMW and Italian designers. Much has changed since earlier collaborations, however, with the advent of new working methods such as digital sketching, Photoshop and CAD/CAS tools, things have gotten easier, and designs alot bolder.
But despite these advances in the design tools available, the human touch is still essential to the process. “Working with Zagato was a fantastic experience. It was extremely enriching for us to create something with people who share our understanding of good design and passion for cars,” explains Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles.
“And that is what makes the car so special — the open and constructive dialogue with Zagato, their experience, craftsmanship and incomparable sense for forms. All of these gifts are wrapped up in the BMW Zagato CoupÃ©.”
The body of the BMW Zagato CoupÃ© has been built entirely by hand. As in the past, the new skin was tailored to fit the car’s mechanical architecture, tracing its lines yet giving it space to breathe. The Zagato experts spent many hours crafting the aluminium sheet metal by hand and meticulously moulding it to give the car its unique form.
This is in essence, a BMW seen through the eyes of Zagato, it's wide and powerfully contoured at the front. A stunning interpretation of the classic BMW face — with its twin circular headlights, kidney-shaped radiator grille and BMW logo — marks the BMW Zagato CoupÃ© out as a BMW without the need for a second glance.
A stand-out detail here is the use of countless small matt Zagato “z” letters to make up the kidney grille. Viewed from the front, the “z” letters appear to be floating within the kidneys. Close-up, it is clear that they are set against a collection of other dark-coloured “z”s positioned into octagons.