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By Ketan Patel


BMW Zagato Roadster 2013 Review

As you may remember if you've followed us during the past few months, earlier this year we had the chance to see the one-off BMW Zagato Coupe Concept at the 2012 Concorso dÉleganza Villa d-Este in northern Italy. Now it appears that BMW has managed to create another Zagato spin-off, this time based on the BMW Z4 convertible. That being said, the BMW Zagato Roadster 2013 has been created and showcased at the Concours d'Elegance held last weekend at Pebble Beach CA.

The new Zagato is basically a topless version of the Coupe but the story behind it is rather amazing. The body has is crafted entirely from aluminum and has been built in just six weeks, which is quite impressive to say the least.

In terms of design the new Roadster version looks even better than the Coupe and I'm sure many of you would agree. Many BMW enthusiasts were a bit disappointed about the shape of the Coupe's rear-end, but things have changed with the Roadster version. Nevertheless the soft top has been redesigned in order to retain the double-bubble roof expected from aZagato. In addition, "Z" inserts are to be found in many places all around the body of the Roadster, a trait we've seen in other one-off models before including the Bentley GTZ and theAston Martin DB7 Zagato.

On the interior there aren't many changes when compared to the standard BMW Z4 and other than the "Z" emblems stitched in the headrests there are not many other unique elements brought to the table.

Unfortunately BMW once again wished to keep technical specifications as secret as possible despite the fact that the Roadster is a fully functional concept. Nevertheless, as with theCoupe we expect the topless version to offer BMW's most powerful Z4 engine, the 3.0 liter turbocharged unit able to develop 340 horsepower.

As before, this particular BMW appears to be a one-off concept and might not see the light of day ever again, but the Zagato Roadster 2013 will most likely influence the overall design of the future Z4 convertible models, so at least it gives us an insight of what to expect. What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think the Bavarian car maker is pushing the Z4 in the right direction?

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