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By Ketan Patel


BMW Zagato Coupe Concept 2012 Review

The 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este event which takes place in northern Italy on a yearly basis has just came to an end this year, and needless to say the event was as exciting as ever. One of the most interesting appearances was undeniably the BMW Zagato Coupe Concept 2012 which managed to turn heads and steal the spotlight due to its design and the attention to details, traits that are easily associated with any Zagato creation.

The concept has been built based on the production BMW Z4, but the Zagato clearly differentiate itself from the production car in terms of design from a mile away. Most of the concept's body panels have been hand crafted from aluminum and some of the most interesting features which makes this BMW a true Zagato are the "Z" inserts on the radiator grille and of course the double-bubble shaped roof, a feature seen in most models that borrowed this name, including the Aston Martin DB7 Zagato and the Bentley GTZ Zagato.

As far as the exterior design goes, the concept is much more aggressive than a regular Z4, the front end is striking to say the least and the rear end of the car is once again proof that the concept has a strong Zagato heritage.

On the interior the concept hasn't suffered a lot of changes and is in fact quite similar to the production Z4. The only major difference between the two is that the concept car features grey leather upholstery with red accents on the door panels, dash and seats which now have the "Z" emblem stitched on the headrests.

In terms of specifications, BMW has not revealed any information regarding this matter but we could take a "wild" guess and speculate that the Zagato is motivated by the most powerful engine found in the Z4 upon which the concept has been built. In other words, the concept car should sport a 3 liter turbocharged sDrive35is engine able to produce 340 horsepower.

As far as availability goes, the BMW Zagato Coupe 2012 is unfortunately a one-off concept and although the concept has been built in such a manner that it could be street legal almost anywhere in the world, chances are the Zagato will not go into production. Nevertheless, the 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este contender should give us a glimpse at what the future Z4 models could look like.

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