BMW reveals Z4 Zagato Roadster in Monterey

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Three months ago at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy's Lago di Como, BMW and design house Zagato revealed a special coupe version of the popular Z4, and it was such a hit with show goers that the two firms have now one upped themselves with a one-off convertible version of the same car.

The Zagato Roadster was revealed this past weekend at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California, and according to BMW it was "created in just six week's worth of lavish handcraftsmanship."

"We set ourselves the challenge of preparing the car in time for the renowned Pebble Beach Concours," said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "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."

The new Z4 Zagato Roadster is based off of a BMW's two-seat Z4 roadster, which features a retractable hardtop convertible design, although unlike the regular car that's produced in BMW's highly advanced Regensburg, Germany factory alongside the 3 Series Cabriolet, the Zagato Roadster is hand-built at the renowned corrozzeria's facilities just north of Milan, Italy.

"Our success in finishing the car in such a short space of time shows what is possible when two successful companies pool their resources," said Andrea Zagato, grandson of founder Ugo Zagato and current head of operations. "BMW is a high-achieving carmaker 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."

While identical to the Z4 Zagato Coupe up front, the new Roadster features a more chiseled rear end design with black tinted glass taillights. Styling highlights include leather-clad roll bars that are said to be inspired by an aircraft wing, with a forward-leaning effect.

"The low, dynamic roll-bars, inspired by an airplane wing, are an eye-catcher that makes the BMW Zagato Roadster recognizable from a distance" says Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada, adding, "This car is not designed only as an elegant convertible, but also as a masculine and extremely dynamic sports car which evokes a powerful driving experience."  

The Z4 Zagato's 19-inch matte-finish alloy wheels pay tribute to the two companies' aeronautical beginnings too, with a subtle propeller theme, while the car's double-bubble roof design is a Zagato signature featured on almost every vehicle the design house creates, although for some reason BMW didn't include a photo of the Z4 Zagato with its roof up to show off the unique design element. Zagato calls the dual roof domes "doppia gobba."

While the Z4 Zagato Roadster is a beautiful piece of machinery, don't expect to find it for sale at your local BMW story anytime soon, if ever. Chalk this one up as a design exercise that hopefully will be put on display at the BMW Museum in Munich so that the automaker's faithful fans can see it anytime they choose.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Roadster, BMW, Z4 Zagato Roadster, Zagato,

Organizations: BMW

Geographic location: Monterey

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