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At this weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’Este on Italy’s Lake Como, BMW showed off its latest concept car, a sports coupe based on the Z4 roadster, designed and constructed by Italian coach builder Zagato. This latest creation not only continues BMW’s recent tradition of using Europe’s premiere concours d’elegance weekend as a showcase for bold design exercises, but also succeeds in making the current Z4 a more attractive option for the masculine set.
Starting with the Z4 roadster, Zagato’s chief designer Norihiko Harada reimagined the two-seater as a lightweight performance coupe with classic proportions. Wider and more aggressive from the front and with a muscular rear-end, the coupe incorporates a number of trademark Zagato details, including the “double-bubble” roof. The interior has been tweaked as well, with hand-fitted design elements that emphasize the horizontal nature of the Z4’s cockpit. Accordingly, the cabin fittings are crafted of fine-quality leather with matching travel bags for the trunk.
BMW insists the Zagato Coupe is strictly a styling exercise, but one that clearly shows the Z4’s potential as a genuine performance coupe.