Thursday, May 11, 2006

BMW Celebrates Racing Heritage With Gloriously Retro Concept Coupe Mille Miglia

2006 BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia. Note Z4-like cut and character lines on flank.

Yesterday at the Mille Miglia, BMW unveiled a concept car that evokes the styling of the company's 1940 328 Coupe, uses modern racing technology and aerodynamics, and has the soul of the company's latest road coupe, the Z4 M Coupe.

The 2006 BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia was revealed yesterday in Brescia, Italy during the scrutineering of the entrants in this year's event. Intended to honor its 1940 Mille-winner, the 328 Coupe, the concept lives up to the task and then some. The classic-looking bodywork is accented by hints of modern technology, such as the completely round, flat LED headlamps, which are not integrated into the bodywork at all, but instead applied completely independent of it.

LED headlamps are completely flat and seperate from the car's bodywork.

Like modern sports and racing cars, the Concept Coupe Mille Miglia's underbody incorporates modern aerodynamic techniques. Underhood, there is nothing old about the car, as it borrows the Z4 M Coupe's 343-horsepower inline 6.

Outside, the Coupe's tall, thin grille looks like it was lifted directly off of the 1940 328. Similarly, the teardrop-shaped profile and rear wheel coverings leave no doubt as to the modern car's inspiration. Thhrough it all, however, the retro styling still manages to successfully tip the cap to the current Z4, with bodywork cuts and character lines that evoke that car's modern design without distracting from the overall heritage theme. Around back, the long, streamlined rear overhang is a beautiful nod to past.

Rear end is beautifully executed.

The BMW Concept Coupe is a rolling homage to BMW coupes past and present. A classic styling exercise infused with the latest technology, this is a BMW that appeals as much to younger fans of the marque as it does to those who remember the car that inspired it.

Inspirations, Classic & Current

1940 BMW 328 Wins Mille Miglia with an avg apeed of over 166kph

Classic BMW 328 in action during the present day.

Z4 lends its heart and some styling cues to the Mille concept.

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5/13/06: The BMW Mille Miglia Concept Outdoors

Read the Press Release
Source, Photos: BMW