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BMW Zagato Coupe: a stylish German/Italian blend

BMW Zagato Coupe
BMW Zagato Coupe BMW

(CBS News) BMW is a company already known for their style. So when the German carmaker teamed up with Italian couture car designer Zagato to redesign the body and cabin of a Z4, you can expect the results to be impressive. The BMW Zagato Coupe will be showcased at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, an exclusive automotive show held on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

Zagato is an "automotive coach-builder." The company surfaced last year when they partnered with Aston Martin for the V12 Zagato, a limited-run model that sold for $527,000.

The BMW Zagato Coupe looks in some ways like a mini version of the Aston Martin, although it retains some signature BMW design elements. The BMW kidney grille retains its shape, but gets inset with little Zs. The front end of the car has a downward cast, similar to the Aston Martin. The sides are heavily sculpted and the fenders gain more prominence over the production Z4.

The BMW Zagato is not available for purchase, the car was designed purely as a demonstration of Zagato's capabilities.