The upcoming Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is set to showcase vintage and classic cars of renown once again in Italy, though this year the event will also see an offering from BMW in the form of the exquisitely designed Zagato coupe. Arguably one of the most beautiful looking BMWs we’ve seen to date, the coupe is the result of a collaboration between the German automaker and renowned Milanese coachbuilder, Zagato.
The Zagato is based on the BMW Z4 and was designed under the Vmax concept, an idea that involves creating a road-going car that can be driven at high speed owing to superior aerodynamics. A look at the side view of the coupe will detail the capability the Zagato is said to deliver. A long hood, muscular fenders and a double bubble roof are built using aluminum and crafted by hand. The rear, however, is short and features a dual exhaust system, a rear diffuser and a transparent panel. The smoldering Rosso Vivace paint finish and 19-inch 5-spoke wheels add to the elegant appearance of the Zagato.
On the inside, BMW and Zagato haven’t performed too many changes from the Z4, though embroidered headrests, premium leather upholstery and red contrast stitching adorn the cabin.
The Zagato coupe isn’t just a show car; it has undergone intensive high-speed road testing at BMW’s facility and from the pictures we’ve seen, looks more than capable of hitting high speeds. However, there’s no confirmation on the type of engine used and the automaker has only stated that it’s been fitted with a high-performance unit.
BMW has rightfully given Zagato praise for their unique design and years of experience. Describing the project as ‘enriching’, Karim Habib of BMW said that the new coupe fuses good design, craftsmanship and constructive dialogue shared between the two companies.