BMW Zagato Coupe revealed

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BMW Zagato Coupé: interior
BMW has debuted an amazing road-ready coupe show car built in association with legendary Italian styling house Zagato. The BMW Zagato Coupe will debut this weekend at the posh Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este car show in Italy.
What is the BMW Zagato Coupe?
The BMW Zagato Coupe is officially described as a one-off and has come about thanks to a friendship between BMW design senior vice president Adrian van Hooydonk and Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada.
Does the BMW Zagato Coupe have heritage?
The BMW Zagato Coupe is actually the latest in a line of BMW collaborations with Italian styling houses. These date back to 1939, when a special BMW 328 clothed in Italian bodywork was created: it won the famous Mille Miglia race the following year.
Are there any more BMWs designed by Italians?
Other famous BMWs styled by Italians include the iconic 1978 BMW M1 - but, as BMW says, working methods used on the latest BMW Zagato Coupe collaboration are very different. They embrace digital sketching, Photoshop and CAD/CAS systems.
How traditional is the BMW Zagato Coupe?
The BMW Zagato Coupe is still, however, entirely hand built. Not only this, all the aluminium panels are hand-beaten by hand: aluminium sheet metal really has been shaped entirely by humans to create the stunning forms of the show car.
Which model is the BMW Zagato Coupe based on?
The bodywork of the BMW Zagato Coupe has been tailored to fir the rear-drive mechanical - but BMW has released no details of them. It is safe to assume they're based on one production Z4 variant, perhaps the 306hp Z4 sDrive35iS.
Is the BMW Zagato Coupe just a show car?
Amazingly, the BMW Zagato Coupe is fully road legal. It's been aerodynamically honed and has even been tested at high speed on the BMW test track.
Did BMW enjoy working with Zagato?
"Working with Zagato was a fantastic experience," said van Hooydonk. "It was extremely enriching for us to create something with people who share our understanding of good design and passion for cars."
Did BMW and Zagato get on with each other?
The shared petrolhead passion is, reckons van Hooydonk, what makes the BMW Zagato Coupe 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 new BMW Zagato Coupe."
Has the BMW Zagato Coupe been crash-tested?
Intriguingly, BMW has not only stated the BMW Zagato Coupe is road-ready, it's also admitted the car meets all necessary crash regulations. Who go to such efforts for a one-off car? Unless, of course, it's not going to be a one-off...
Has the BMW Zagato Coupe been created by petrolheads?
This is a genuine collaboration between auto enthusiasts, says BMW. The BMW Zagato Coupe is a BMW seen through the eyes of Zagato, showing the 'paired down visual mass' of Zagato within a profile that's unmistakably BMW.
What's with the roof of the BMW Zagato Coupe?
The BMW Zagato Coupe has the trademark Zagato double bubble roof: it wouldn't be a Zagato without this. The firm says the 'doppia gobba' roof gives more space for those wearing helmets, improves aerodynamics and also enhances the car's torsional rigidity.
What is the front of the BMW Zagato Coupe like?
The front of the BMW Zagato Coupe is low, wide and forward-surging. The bonnet contains additional air intakes - hinting at a high-performance turbo motor beneath? - and the design shouts 'BMW', thus achieving a key aim of Zagato.
What is the side of the BMW Zagato Coupe like?
The silhouette of the BMW Zagato Coupe is classic: long bonnet, set-back greenhouse and Aero-tuned Kamm tail. The surfacing of the bodywork is unmistakably BMW though, with complex forms and lots of playing with light and shadows.
What visual tricks does the side of the BMW Zagato Coupe pull?
The side of the BMW Zagato Coupe intentionally draws the eye rearwards, emphasizing the rear-drive mechanicals with plenty of visual tricks.
Why are the side air vents of the BMW Zagato Coupe special?
The side air vents contain another silver Zagato Z: apart from the BMW badges, these are the only chrome elements on the car - all other detailing sports a matt finish.
Why is the rear window of the BMW Zagato Coupe special?
Check out the criss-cross transition from the side windows to the rear, says Zagato: this is another trademark of the firm, and is particularly striking when viewed from above.
What is the rear of the BMW Zagato Coupe like?
Because it's been hand-beaten from sheet aluminium, the designers of the BMW Zagato Coupe have been able to minimize the lines in the rear end, making it appear as if it's built from one big section. The transparent panels are a Zagato styling cue and the rear diffuser is absolutely enormous, cutting into the side panels to suggest this car really has been optimised for high-speed use.
Why are the wheels of the BMW Zagato Coupe special?
The distinctive propeller-shaped five-spoke alloy wheels of the BMW Zagato Coupe reference the aerospace heritage of both BMW and Zagato.
How has Zagato created the amazing paint?
The stunning Rosso Vivace paint of the BMW Zagato Coupe changes from bear-black to brilliant red, depending on light levels and angle of view. It's made up of a black base coat, a silver metallic layer, then six thin layers of brilliant red - all covered by two clear layers of lacquer.
What does the designer of the BMW Zagato Coupe say?
For me, the BMW Zagato Coupe holds a very special magic," said Norihiko Harada. "It exudes a certain spontaneity which, when combined with the type of unconventional solutions typical of Zagato, lend the car a very individual elegance."
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