The Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance 2023 has commenced, and BMW, a regular participant, has made a grand entrance with the unveiling of the BMW Concept Touring Coupé. This exclusive event marks the return of a highly appealing format, featuring a coupe design with elements reminiscent of a Shooting Brake, based on the Z4 Roadster.
During the mid-1990s, BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche made their foray into the luxurious roadster market segment. This marked the beginning of a series of special models that would eventually become iconic sagas for true automobile enthusiasts, characterized by their two-seater configuration. The Z3, SLK, and Boxster captivated customers who sought high performance and the exhilaration of open-top driving. Among these three, the Mercedes SLK stood out due to its retractable hard top, providing an additional touch of exclusivity.
Today, only the Z3’s successor, the Z4, remains, while the SLK is awaiting a fully electric replacement. However, BMW has taken a step further by reintroducing one of their most emblematic models, which quickly gained historical significance: the BMW Z3 Coupé. The Z3 Coupé featured a unique concept—a two-door sports car that reinterpreted the traditional coupe format, incorporating elements of a Shooting Brake design. This concept has now been revived in the form of the BMW Concept Touring Coupé, which has been unveiled at the latest edition of the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance in 2023. This new iteration of the model does not disappoint; on the contrary, it embodies the spirit of its predecessor and continues to impress.
The BMW Concept Touring Coupé is a highly sporty Shooting Brake model that pays homage to its predecessor, the 2002 Tii Touring from the 1970s. It is built on the same platform as the BMW Z4 Roadster, resulting in shared design elements and proportions. The car features a long and stretched hood and a passenger compartment positioned towards the rear, with a short rear overhang. The headlights and rear lights resemble those of the convertible variant, as does the ovoid grille. However, the unique character of the Hofmeister fold, the rear window’s distinctive bend found in all BMW models, is different in this model.
The vehicle showcases muscular wheel arches, particularly the rear ones, which contribute to a sportier appearance and have been widened significantly. These arches house impressive 20-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the car’s design bears a resemblance to a three-door BMW X2. Inside, the cabin exudes a luxurious atmosphere. Poltrona Frau Italian leather, in an exclusive lighter shade of brown, adorns the interior, while the upper section of the dashboard features a darker color scheme.
One of the notable features of the BMW Concept Touring Coupé is its rear configuration. The absence of rear seats allows for an expanded trunk space that extends up to the front seatbacks. The floor of the trunk could have been lined with nautical wood, but the designers chose to extend the leather upholstery from the cabin, adding three straps on the floor. BMW has not provided specific details about the engine and mechanical specifications of this conceptual model. However, given the impressive design and features, any powertrain option would likely be highly desirable to potential buyers.