To pay tribute to one of the most successful and best-looking car of the 1930s, BMW unveiled earlier in 2011 the 328 Hommage. The original BMW 328 celebrated its 75th birthday at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este by unveiling an anniversary model.
BMW 328 Hommage
The expressive exterior design of the BMW 328 Hommage depicts the modern interpretation of a highly emotional and dynamic two-seater Roadster. As did its predecessor, the 328 Hommage uses BMW’s most powerful inline six-cylinder engine, continuing another longstanding BMW tradition.
With the new 328 Hommage, BMW also showcases some of the technology and materials that we will see in future production vehicles. The major parts of the exterior and interior of the BMW 328 Hommage are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), a lightweight material that was used in the series production of CFRP roofs and structural components for the BMW M6 as well as CFRP roofs for the BMW M3.
BMW Zagato Roadster
The 2012 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance marked the world debut of BMW’s second collaboration with the Italian design house Zagato. Built in just six week’s worth of lavish handcraftsmanship, the BMW Zagato Roadster joined the Coupe one-off which debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2012.
The BMW Zagato prodigy maintains the design characteristics of a roadster and builds atop the idea of the Z4. But this is more than just another roadster. “This car is not designed only as an elegant convertible, but also as a masculine and extremely dynamic sports car which evokes a powerful driving experience,” says Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada, describing the design philosophy behind the BMW Zagato Roadster.
A low-set kidney grille, complete with intricate z-design grating, as well as focused twin circular headlights and a three-dimensional front apron shape the expressive face of the BMW Zagato Roadster.
BMW Zagato Coupe
Milanese coachbuilder Zagato teamed up with BMW to create another emotional coupe. This one-off model is the product of many hours of skilled hand-craftsmanship and breathes new life into the tradition of coachbuilding.
A very special highlight of the BMW Zagato Coupe is its paintwork. The exclusive exterior paint finish Rosso Vivace – an expressive shade of red – brings the surfaces and forms of the BMW Zagato Coupé to life. Depending on how the light hits the body, the colour spectrum ranges from something close to black all the way to a brilliant red. This remarkable depth and radiance is possible thanks to sophisticated paint application technology.