BMW Zagato Roadster Concept First Look

Just months after the BMW Zagato Coupe Concept was unveiled, Zagato have removed the car’s roof ready for the last few rays of summer sunshine… say hello to the BMW Zagato Roadster Concept

In the main, the Roadster differs little from the Coupe. There’s the Z-framed grille, ‘Z’ logos stitched onto the seats, and five-spoke alloy wheels. The tail has been given an upturned lip and roll bars added – apparently inspired by aeroplane wings. Unfortunately, like its Coupe sibling, the BMW Zagato Roadster is not for sale, it is merely a way of turning petrol heads.

And, if you’re hoping to see the car in the flesh, unlucky, you’re a bit late. The BMW Zagato Roadster was on show at only one event. Taking place yesterday (August 19), The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an event The New York Times described thus:

“The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has often been called the World Series or Super Bowl of the automotive universe, but those descriptions sell this celebration short. If anything, it’s more like the Olympics.”

The who’s who of modern car design takes place years. First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is often said to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the famed eighteenth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, and connoisseurs of art and technology congregate to see them.

Explaining his reasoning for designing the Roadster, Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, commented:

“We set ourselves the challenge of preparing the car in time for the renowned Pebble Beach Concours. The BMW Zagato Roadster was duly conjured up in record haste, with only six weeks separating the first design idea from the finished model. It was only with the expertise of both companies in the manufacture of high-end one-off cars and another display of outstanding teamwork that we were able to finish the car on schedule.”

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