The one off BMW Concept Touring Coupé, inspired by icons of the past such as the 1940 328 Touring Coupé Mille Miglia, the 2002 Touring, and the beloved coupe based on Z3 and Z4. And the tradition of six-cylinder sports cars is renewed
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The BMW Concept Touring Coupé, intended to be a timeless symbol of freedom on four wheels, was presented during the BMW Night at Villa d’Este under torrential rain. But adverse weather conditions didn’t spoil the world premiere of the German house’s new one-of-a-kind concept, enthusiastically welcomed by the press and guests of the exclusive evening, which officially opened the most eagerly awaited Concours d’Elegance of the year. The two doors closed, with the long and iconic front projected forward, it reinterprets the great BMWs of the past, taking up the traditional shape of the bodywork of the most elegant sports cars of the last century, and giving the vehicle all the characteristics of the shooting brake also suitable for long journeys. Inside, the Italian manufacturer’s precision-crafted leather surfaces Poltrona Frau create a very luxurious environment, while the rear compartment, behind the seats, offers ample space for storing luggage, and the luggage itself was exclusively made to measure at the Schedoni leather goods shop in Modena.
The closed two-seater continues the tradition of past BMWs, a “timeless symbol of freedom on four wheels and the joy of traveling together”, as explained by BMW design manager Domagoj Dukec. And the world premiere of the concept could not have been in a more suitable context, surrounded by the most beautiful classic cars from all over the world. “The BMW Concept Touring Coupé celebrates the original pure driving pleasure – continues Domagoj Dukec – a highly emotional vehicle like this, demonstrates that the passion for everything related to driving pleasure has been essential over the centuries and will be for the future.” The BMW Concept Touring Coupé handmadeunique in its class, it combines a body concept steeped in tradition with the technology of a modern sports car. Its proportions and name recall the BMW 328 Touring Coupé that won the Mille Miglia in 1940, while the functionality of the shooting-brake concept is a nod to the BMW 02 Series model variants of the early 1970s, which featured the “Touring ” in their name to distinguish them from sedans.The BMW Concept Touring Coupé is powered by the six-cylinder engine in line characteristic of the brand, with performance characteristics that confirm its status as a symbol of pure and genuine driving pleasure.
style and design
The striking proportions and exclusive details of the new Concept Touring Coupé hark back to the great sports cars of the past. The highlight of the design is the back sculpted and very sharp: the flowing contours of the roof blend seamlessly with the rear quarter panels, and the shape accentuates the car’s athletic shoulders, while the flat rear window and clearly defined body surfaces underline the vehicle’s solidity. Seen from the side, the typical BMW interpretation of the proportions of the shooting brake, with a long bonnet, streamlined roof lines and powerful rear section, forming a distinctive hatchback design, while elongated side window graphics with Hofmeister crease and flared rear wheel arches underscore its sporty elegance. The Sparkling Lario exterior paint was created especially for the BMW Concept Touring Coupé, with embedded blue glass flakes and grey-brown hues that give a unique impression of depth. The effect is rounded off by silver-bronze accents and the specially designed BMW kidney grille with longitudinal bars. To top it all off, exclusive light-alloy wheels measuring 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear axle.
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