thesupercars.org – BMW and Italian coachbuilder Zagato uses the traditional coachbuilder’s art, and BMW technology to create the 2012 BMW Zagato Roadster.
Six weeks after introducing the Zagato Coupe, the collaboration for this convertible concept took shape.
Two successful companies combining their resources, the BMW Zagato Roadster is an elegant convertible, with masculine and sporty details, capable of driving at high speeds with ease. Although details are sketchy at this point, the roadster is based on BMW’s Z4.
|Vehicle Type: Convertible||Base Price: NA|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gallons (55l)||Miles Per Gallon: 17 city / 24 hwy|
|Length: 167 in. (424.2 cm)||Wheel Base: 98.3 in. (249.6 cm)|
|Height: 50.8 in. (129 cm)||Width: 70.5 in. (179 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 3494 lbs (1584 kg)||Ground Clearance: NA|
|Luggage Capacity: 8.0 cu ft||Maximum Seating: 2 people|
|Engine: TwinTurbo Inline-6 DOHC*||Displacement: 3.0 Liter|
|Horsepower: 335 HP||Max RPM: 5900 RPM|
|Torque: 332 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm||Transmission: 6-Speed Manual|
|0-60 mph: 4.8 seconds||Maximum Speed: 155 mph (1609 km/h)|
Although the roadster was introduced at Pebble Beach in August, 2012, very little has been released about engine specifications. It is hinted, that the engine of the roadster will be based on the Z4′s sDrive35iS, which is powered by a turbocharged, six-cylinder, 3.0 liter engine. Additional detailed specifications will be released at a later date.
This roadster’s exterior is stunning, with a sweeping hood line, short overhangs, long wheelbase, and a low back end, allowing for an athletic appearance. Its low-set grill, with “z-design grating”, twin circular headlights with an LED light strip on top of each headlight, adds a touch of class. The 3-dimensional apron and wide, powerful-looking nose which dips give a low to the road appearance.
The body is aerodynamically built, with a pair of intakes carved into the hood, supplying air to the engine compartment. The 19-inch, 5-spoke wheels, and the darker gray to light silver color, add that look of sophistication, and sportiness. Zagato roll-bars, an important design element, are inspired by aircraft wing components, and Zagato’s signature roof, with the double bubble, extends the lines of the hood, from front to rear.
Transitional colors are used in horizontal, sweeping lines inside the doors, and the full-length console. The warm, brown shades of leather are wrapped around the black interior, with contrast stitching on the doors, seats, steering wheel, and console.
A signature Z is elegantly stitched into the comfortable leather seats, as a reminder of their origin. Specific features have not yet been released, but the 2012 BMW Zagato Roadster is a great-looking car that combines the superb styling of Zagato and BMW.