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BMW and Zagato team up to produce Roadster concept

BMW and Zagato have developed a Zagato Roadster concept to complement the Zagato Coupe unveiled a few weeks ago. Built by the Milan-based coachbuilder in a mere six weeks, the new Roadster is designed to represent the best of German and Italian design. It’s mission accomplished if you ask us.

The Zagato Roadster is based on the Z4.
The Zagato Roadster is based on the Z4.

Proportionally-speaking, there’s not a lot of difference between this and the Z4 but the Zagato Roadster has a more aggressive front end, a low-set kidney grille made up of Z characters and a nose that can more easily sniff the terra firma below it.

At the back, Zagato has given the car a black tinted glass strip to tie in the rear lights as well as twin single outlet exhausts. Bespoke 19-inch alloys fill the arches, rounding off the exterior package nicely. Inside, it’s a classy brown and black leather affair with Zagato Zs embroidered on the headrests

BMW hasn’t confirmed what sort of powertrain lies beneath this beast’s bonnet but we’re going to assume the engine is the same twin-turbo, dual-clutch 302bhp 35i sDRIVE found in the top of the range Z4, which means it will be no slouch.

Zagato and BMW unveiled the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend, three months after it unveiled the Zagato Coupe at Lake Como, Italy, in May 2012.

As this is a concept, there’s no point queuing up at your local BMW dealer anytime soon. The closest you’ll be able to get is an updated Z4, which is set to arrive early next year. Here’s hoping it takes a few notes from the Zagato Roadster’s book.

Check out the pictures below and let us know what you think.


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