Italian-German collaboration in the sports car world is always a mouth-watering prospect. So when we got wind of the first collaboration between BMW and Italian coachbuilder Zagato in the form of the BMW Zagato Coupé, we were understandably very excited. And now just three months later the two powerhouses have put their heads together again to come up with a roadster model.
Setting themselves the ambitious target of preparing the car in time for the Pebble Beach Concours in California, the duo successfully completed design and production of the BMW Zagato Roadster in just six weeks. Essentially based on the Z4, the Roadster does admittedly take most of its inspiration from its sibling the Coupé, so the designers can’t exactly claim to have worked from an entirely blank canvas. However, much of the rear end has been altered, giving it a broader, low-slung appearance. Taking its cue from the Coupé, the Roadster’s sweeping front end and long wheelbase push the cockpit right back to the rear of the car. Other notable features include the classy brown leather roll-bars, inspired by an aircraft wing and the trademark Zagato double-bubble roof in the soft-top guise.