Mike Stevens | May 28, 2012

BMW has teamed with renowned design and engineering house Zagato to reveal a new concept this week, the Z4 Zagato Coupe.

Hot on the heels of its latest Aston Martin collaboration, the Italian outfit's collaboration with BMW is the headline act at the Concorso d'Eleganza on the banks of Lake Como.

Unlike the production Z4 Coupe of the previous generation, this new concept shares not a single panel with its topless progenitor, and even the headlights were made from scratch.

Standout features include a mesh grille made from tiny Z letters, the double-bubble roof and a back-end inspired by the 1940 BMW 328 “Mille Miglia” Kamm coupé.

Technical details for the cherry red Coupe haven't been revealed, but odds are good that if you popped the bonnet, you'd find the faithful 250kW and 450Nm 3.0 litre turbo-six that drives the flagship Z4 sDrive35is.

In that topless and very available roadster, the twin-turbo straight-six promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds.

The Z4 Zagato follows in the footsteps of last year's 328 Hommage and the 2008 M1 Hommage. There is little hope that those earlier showcars will enter production, but BMW stresses that the Z4 Zagato Coupe is fully road-legal.

"Zagato has always provided its customers with ready-to-drive cars which can be sent into action on the road or race track without further ado – and the BMW Zagato Coupé fits the same template," Dr Andrea Zagato said.

"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. 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 Coupé."

That's no confirmation of a showroom debut - and BMW is predictably quiet on the matter - but it should be enough to get fans beating down the doors in Munich.

There is always hope in these things: if the limited-edition Aston Martin V12 Zagato is anything to go by, we might yet be lucky enough to see a handful of Z4 Zagato Coupes announced in the future.


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