BMW Zagato Roadster revealed
Barely three months ago, BMW unveiled the BMW Zagato Coupe, a one-off automobile jointly developed by BMW and the renowned Italian coachbuilder Zagato, at a prestigious classic and vintage auto exhibition in Italy. However, the collaborative efforts never ended there, as both the companies proceeded to create a Roadster variant in a record production-time of just six weeks, and calling it the BMW Zagato Roadster.
Debuting at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a charitable automotive event taking place in Pebble Beach, California, the BMW Zagato Roadster may seem like the Coupe with its top stripped off, but is rather a car with its own distinctive design cues. The front and rear-ends of the Roadster largely resembles that of the Coupe, featuring BMW’s signature kidney-grille treated to perfection by Zagato with matt kidney surrounds and intricate z-design grating. Zagato’s signature double-bubble roof design element has been integrated into the convertible’s top cover, and the design extends all the way to the rear.
Other design highlights unique to the Roadster include aircraft-wing inspired roll-bars and sporty side-profile with smoother lines in the lower-slung rear end. The leather-clad interior is predominantly black, with brown leather lining extending all the way from the instrument panel to the door sills and behind the seats, even incorporating the roll-bars.
There is no word on the powertrain specification of the BMW Zagato Roadster in the official press release, though there are rumors suggesting that it sports a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder motor capable of producing close to 400 hp.