The BMW Zagato roadster makes its public bow at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance. Design features include a double bubble roof cover and striking bonnet design
17 August 2012

Following BMW’s striking BMW Zagato Coupe concept at the Villa d’Este Concours in May, the Bavarian marque has now unveiled a one-off roadster version at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance.

Based on the BMW Z4 sDrive35iS drivetrain, power for the new roadster (and preceding coupe model) is derived from BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-lite, six-cylinder engine. It receives increased boost pressure, an altered exhaust system and modifications that increase power from 335bhp in standard guise to 400bhp.  

Designed and hand-built in just six weeks, the new roadster variant shares much of the coupe’s detailing. These include its sculpted bonnet with integrated cooling ducts and low-set kidney grille with z-design grating.

Also akin to the coupe concept is the roadster’s bumper and 19-inch alloy wheel design, plus prominent cooling ducts in each front wheel arch. 

At its rear, Zagato has given the roadster a slightly revised version of the coupe’s bumper and tweaked the design of the model’s twin exhaust pipes. 

To mirror the coupe’s twin-dome roof – a Zagato hallmark – the roadster’s soft top roof cover features the double bubble theme. 

Inside the BMW Zagato Roadster’s cabin, its brown leather seats feature colour contrasting stitching as does the leather steering wheel and centre console. The seats are also embroidered with a ‘z’ emblem.

The most striking difference between both Zagato models is their colour. ‘Brilliant’ grey is used for the drop-top, which compares with the coupe’s red paintwork. 

Although design boss Karim Habib denied plans to place the Zagato coupe into series production, he did suggest that it could be made in limited numbers at a price that would likely double the standard car’s £45,330 price tag. If the demand is there, the roadster variant could face the same fate.

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17 August 2012

Alex Kersten wrote:

Although design boss Karim Habib denied plans to place the Zagato coupe into series production, he did suggest that it could be made in limited numbers at a price that would likely double the standard car’s £45,330 price tag. If the demand is there, the roadster variant could face the same fate.

Cue demand.....

17 August 2012

Its a shame most Zagato cars never make production. So I'm not sure what Zagato does for a living.

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IAD

17 August 2012

Zagato has always been a hit and miss over the years though you can't deny their creativity.  This is a very average and safe design by their own standards which makes me wonder how much input did the designers in Bavaria had?  

17 August 2012

I've often wondered, over the last decade, what the Italian design houses would do with every model in BMW's range of Bangled cars.  

We could have had a 3-series that not only drove well, but looked as good as a 159, had Giugiaro been working with BMW at the time...

17 August 2012

I just don't get this brand. Love the old 60's Alfas, but the recent renderings of Astons and this Bm just make me think that the brand's guiding principle is to uglyfy everything it touches.

18 August 2012

Clearly another love-it-or-loath-it Zagato design. To my eye this is so much better than the original that the original design should be dumped and replaced with the Zagato forthwith.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

18 August 2012

Merc or BMW ? unoriginal, just more bling

what's life without imagination

20 August 2012

The hard top Zagato had more to define it over the Z4 donor car, this one just looks too similar to a normal Z4 for me for it to justify much of a premium.

I'm not the biggest fan of their work, but I can understand an Aston owner wanting and being able to afford more individuality, I'd recon it's unlikely a Z4 owner would pay double just to have a slightly different looking car.

21 August 2012

Lovely swooping front, but Zagato can't really do good rear ends can they.

 

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