Clearly the boys and girls at BMW were listening when we mentioned ‘Zagato’ and ‘delectable’ in our Goodwood Festival of Speed piece a few days ago. Never ones to be outdone, it wasn’t too long before new images of the BMW Zagato Coupe landed in crankandpiston’s inbox.
If we leave the customary ‘phwoaah!’ aside for a moment, we see that while the new model boasts that aggression yet simultaneous elegance predominant with all Zagato models – we need only look at the Aston Martin V12 Zagato for verification of that – the front end is still very much BMW Z4 territory, complete with ripped bonnet contours, and frowning headlights. Though the miniature Zagato ‘z’s making up the Beemer’s kidney grilles is a pretty neat touch.
While it’s all customary concept bells and whistles on the outside, the beating heart under the bonnet is another matter. We’re assured there’s a ‘high performance engine’ under there, but whether that’s the Z4’s twin-turbocharged straight-six or the M5’s 4.4l twin-turbocharged V8 (nothing wrong with ambition…) remains to be seen.
Now granted the Zagato coupe is just a hand-built one-off, but we wonder how much Bavarian arm-twisting would be required for someone to flick the ‘on’ switch to the production line? We’re willing to bet the crowds at the recent Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event in Italy felt much the same way.
And considering one of the highlighted descriptions for the BMW Zagato Coupe is ‘made for the road’, we’re wondering how long it will be before BMW starting thinking that too.