The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is a term that was recently linked with the Bond car, Aston Martin V12 Zagato, and this year, the Italian design firm makes an outrageous attempt to aerodynamically overhaul a BMW coupe.
However, this is not the first take of Zagato on the German automaker. The partnership in designing dates back to 1939, when Zagato penned the first BMW 328. Through the decades, Zagato has given its touch to some legendary machines, like the BMW 3200 Michelotti Vignale (1959), the BMW 700 (1959), the BMW 3200 CS Bertone (1962), and the BMW M1 (1978). The new BMW Zagato Coupe is expected to be of the same caliber.
While BMW cars certainly don’t lack performance, the Italian design firm simply boosts the sporty styling on the coupe. The coupe is not just an overdose of curvy contours on the bumpers and fenders, BMW has put the Zagato coupe through high-speed testing.
With all the sporty persona and outrageous performance, the BMW Zagato coupe is said to be road legal. It features a flawless blend of classic styling and modern packaging, as mentioned by Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada, “For me, the BMW Zagato Coupé holds a very special magic. It exudes a certain spontaneity which, when combined with the type of unconventional solutions typical of Zagato, lend the car a very individual elegance.”
Sadly, the BMW Zagato coupe is a one-off model created to show the Italian design firm’s vision of a beemer, and this will never make it into production. For now, we can just sit back and admire the marvelous work of engineering.