The BMW Zagato Coupé heralds a new chapter in the tradition of co-operation between German engineering (BMW) and Italian styling (Zagato). We are not sure if this will ever go into production, but the car you see in the images here is a working model and has been tested rigorously at the BMW facility back home in Germany. The model will be making a strong debut at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (one of the oldest and most famous car show for vintage and classic cars) in Italy.
“The BMW Zagato Coupe embodies the unbridled fascination of cars and fuses the design DNA of the two companies into a fresh and distinctive whole,” BMW said in a statement. “This one-off model is the product of many hours of skilled hand-craftsmanship and breathes new life into the tradition of coachbuilding.”
Zagato says that the company has always built read-to-drive cars that can be ‘sent into action on the road or track’ and the BMW Zagato Coupe fills that philosophy.
Dr Andrea Zagato, who represents the third generation of his family says that the Zagato Coupe is registered for road use and meets all the legal requirements on global basis.
“It is relatively easy to build a design study which is not intended for use on the road. Not having to meet any stipulations governing crash safety or pedestrian protection opens up a host of new avenues in terms of design,” he said. “The challenge lies in injecting the emotional appeal of a concept car into a road-legal machine. And we think we have succeeded in doing just that with the BMW Zagato Coupe.”Indeed, the new creation has already cut a ‘bella figura’ at high speeds during testing on the BMW test track.”
On an interesting note behind this project. Zagato’s chief designer Norihiko Harada and BMW’s chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk have been close friends for quite some time. Basically it was inevitable for Zagato and BMW to build a car together.
BMW didn’t provide any details on powertrain specs.
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