Introducing the BMW Zagato Roadster


Barely three months since the BMW Zagato Coupé was shown at Italy’s Villa d’Este Concours d’elegance, BMW and Zagato have created another variant based on the same chassis for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The BMW Zagato Roadster was created in just six weeks following the positive response to the Coupé. Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s Senior VP of Design sat down again with Andrea Zagato and combined the two company’s abilities to produce a one-off car especially for the Monteray event.

Andrea Zagato picks up on the theme: “Our success in finishing the car in such a short space of time shows what is possible when two successful companies pool their resources” says Zagato.

“BMW is a high-achieving car maker boasting a vast well of knowledge and technical capability in this area. When you combine that with our expertise in the creation of micro-series cars and our streamlined production processes, everything is in place to produce a beautiful model like the BMW Zagato Roadster in double-quick time”.

As with the Coupé the Roadster wears a distinctive front-end, with its low-set kidney grille, z-design grating, as well as focused twin circular headlights and a three-dimensional front apron.

The basic lines and surface treatment of Coupé the Roadster is similar, however subtle differences are noticeable at the rear. The tail end as a whole places a greater emphasis on elegance than that of the Coupé, which shows a sharper sporting edge. The Roadster’s lines are smoother here and the rear is lower-slung.

Taken as a whole, the rear of the BMW Zagato Roadster has a broad, low-slung appearance, giving the car a wide stance and planted muscular look on the road.

Apart from its 5-spoke 19-inch light-alloy wheels, BMW remain tight-lipped about any mechanical details, but perhaps with more positive feedback from Pebble Beach both models might find their way into production.