The BMW Zagato Roadster has been revealed at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. IS it heading for production?
Earlier this week we had a tease for the BMW Zagato Roadster, a soft-top version of the BMW Zagato Coupe we saw just a few months ago at Villa D’Este, and now we get the real deal with a reveal at Pebble Beach.
Looking very much the same as the coupe version, the Zagato Roadster features a light revised rear end, a soft-top (which is said to mimic Zagato’s double-bubble trademark roof – but BMW released no photos) and the same Zagato detailing as the Coupe.
Those details include the small ‘z’ pattern making up the grill, a beautifully sculpted bonnet with cooling ducts, bumpers and 19″ alloys and the large cooling ducts on the front wheel arches. Inside the brown leather seats get contrast stitching and a Zagato ‘Z’ on the headrests.
BMW doesn’t say what’s under the bonnet of the Zagato Roadster, but rumour has it that it’s a tweaked version of the 3.0 litre turbo six-pot from the Z4 sDrive35iS with something approaching 400bhp thanks to a tweak to the ECU, a pressure boost and a new exhaust.
BMW are still calling the Zagato Roadster a Concept, but so much effort – with the Coupe at Villa D’Este and the Roadster at Pebble Beach – does point to a limited edition run of both cars.
But if there is to be a limited production run of the BMW Zagato Roadster (and the Coupe) it seems likely to cost at least twice the Z4 sDrive35iS’s £45k.