BMW has collaborated with Italian coachbuilder Zagato to create a one-off model called the BMW Zagato Coupe, which "embodies the unbridled fascination of cars and fuses the design DNA of the two companies into a fresh and distinctive whole."
As is typical of most one-off models, the BMW Zagato Coupe was built entirely by hand, with the aluminum sheet metal being tailored to fit the car's mechanical architecture, "tracing its lines yet giving it space to breathe."
Built purely as a styling exercise between BMW and Zagato, the coupe bears the unmistakable face of the German carmaker with its twin circular headlights, kidney-shaped radiator grille and the familiar BMW logo. Even its flanks adopt the lines of BMW's classic roadsters, thanks to the muscular rear end that terminates with the rear spoiler.
Zagato styling cues, however, also abound in the car, including the double bubble roof and the Kammback rear end. Zagato's 'Z' letter is also scattered throughout the car, from the countless small matte letters that make up the kidney grille, to the transparent panel in the upper section of the rear end.
"Zagato has always provided its customers with ready-to-drive cars that can be sent into action on the road or racetrack without further ado--and the BMW Zagato Coupe fits the same template," said Zagato chief executive Andrea Zagato, a third-generation family member to sit at the helm of the company. "It is relatively easy to build a design study that 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. 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."