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BMW's Zagato Coupe, Explained: Video


BMW opted to unveil its latest design concept, the BMW Zagato Coupe, at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Equal parts sculpture and automotive engineering, the Zagato Coupe has already been high speed tested by the Bavarian automaker.

It’s doubtful that the car will ever see production, but if it does, expect extremely limited numbers at stratospherically high pricing. Like all models restyled by Zagato, you’re not buying a production car, but instead a hand-built bit of rolling sculpture.

The hood of the Zagato Coupe, for example, is built from three panels of hand-welded aluminum, which is then stretched into form using hammers and bucks. The paint sprayed on the BMW Zagato concept is a three-step process, blending black primer with a “liquid metal” silver and a transparent red topcoat.

The paint’s depth was achieved by spraying numerous layers of the red, which, in the words of Zagato design head Norihiko Harada, “made (our) painter crazy.”

Harada is understandably proud of his company's efforts, saying that it applies “a Zagatoness to BMW’s DNA.” BMW’s new exterior design head, Karim Habib, seems to agree, saying that the car’s whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.

All we know is that the BMW Zagato Coupe is a stunner, and we sincerely hope that it sees production. Failing that, we hope than BMW carries some of the car’s design into the next generation of Z4 Roadster and Coupe.
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