Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BMW Zagato Coupe

BMW Zagato Coupe

This is the BMW Zagato Coupe, a collaboration between BMW and Italian styling house Zagato, marrying Italian design flair together with German engineering, thanks to the friendship between BMW and Zagato’s designers Adrian van Hooydonk and Norihiko Harada.
Sounds perfect, no? It’s based on the E89 BMW Z4 Roadster, but with a fixed roof. Perhaps this is the Coupe body that this current generation Z4 never had, as the E89 Z4 is offered only with a folding metal top.



Other than the Z on the fender, Zagato also puts its mark on the kidney grille – this is one part of the car that I don’t really get. Instead of typical vertical slats, Zagato had kidney grille designed as an alphanet soup mesh of little interlocked Zs, said to be inspired by American designer/architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes.
That gorgeous red paint is called Rosso Vivace, and to get it to look how it looks, BMW started off with a black base coat, on top of which a metallic silver coat was applied, followed by six coats of red and topped with two clear coats.

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