BMW Zagato mixes German engineering with Italian design

BMW has partnered with Zagato, a historic Italian coach-builder, to create the Zagato Coupe. This one-off design study showcases Zagato's styling, with a new take on the BMW Z4.

BMW Zagato

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The partnership showcases the excellent automotive engineering of BMW and the beautiful design work of Zagato. Zagato completely redesigned the body and cabin of a Z4, turning the roadster into a stylish coupe for the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, an exclusive automotive show held on the shores of Lake Como, in Italy.

BMW Zagato

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The Zagato name came up last year in regard to Aston Martin, a partnership that resulted in the V12 Zagato. Thisat limited-run Aston Martin model retailed for a very heft US$527,000 in the UStates.

BMW Zagato

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The BMW Zagato Coupe looks, in some ways, like a mini version of the Aston Martin, although it retains some signature BMW design elements. The BMW kidney grille retains its shape, but gets inset with little "Z"s.

BMW Zagato

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The front end of the car has a downward cast, similar to the Aston Martin. The sides are heavily sculpted and the fenders gain more prominence over the production Z4.

BMW Zagato

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Unlike the Aston Martin, you will not be able to buy a BMW Zagato Coupe. The vehicle was created as a one-off, demonstrating Zagato's capabilities. Still, it seems like the perfect marriage of engineering and style. We can only hope that BMW will see a business case for a production partnership with Zagato.

Via CNET



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