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by Jay Traugott
The top is dropped on the latest collaboration between BMW and Zagato.
Late last week BMW released a brief teaser shot of the upcoming Zagato-styled concept they planned to reveal at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. What we could tell from the darkened image was that it was a roadster and, more than likely, a open-top version of the wonderfully beautiful Zagato Coupe concept unveiled three months ago at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Our prediction was correct.
The collaboration between the German automaker and famed Italian coachbuilder Zagato continues with the BMW Zagato Roadster. It was decided to create the Roadster not long after the Coupe premiered due to the positive reaction it received from the public and the automotive press. Honestly, this wasn't a difficult decision for them to make. The Coupe was beautiful and the Z4 already has a foldable hardtop. Designing a roadster was a no-brainer and we're sure glad they did it. For the most part, the design of the Coupe has been carried over to the Roadster.
All told, the design and build process took just six weeks and the solid collaboration between the two companies was key in making that happen. Compared to the Coupe, the Roadster's rear end has been redesigned and although it's a convertible, BMW claims that Zagato's famous double-bubble roof is still intact when the roof is up, however no pictures of this were released. The Roadster shares the same front end design as the Coupe, but we feel Zagato's styling works better as a whole sans the roof. It just looks and feels right at every angle.
Combined with an exclusive brilliant grey exterior and brown leather throughout the interior, the Zagato Roadster is nothing short of gorgeous. Will they ever build it or the Coupe? Likely not, but let's hope that BMW will consider applying many of these Italian-influenced styling cues to future models.