BMW Concept Touring Coupe Envisions A Z4 Shooting Brake

Earlier this week, BMW unveiled a new concept for a shooting brake design...that might actually become a reality.

Revealed by the automaker on Friday, the concept imagines what a shooting brake based on the latest Z4 convertible might be like if moved into production. The concept gives the most sophisticated look to a modern Z4 coupe ever seen; it replaces the hatchback with a sloping liftback design that gives the concept the most sophisticated overall design. The look evokes the BMW M Coupe of 1997-2002, affectionately called the “clown shoe” by enthusiasts.

In spite of the fact that there is no production plan as of yet, there is still some hope. BMW said the Concept Touring Coupe is strictly a one-off built to celebrate the timeless fascination of cars, which it does so impeccably well by contrasting the modern lines of the Z4 sports car with the classic shooting brake body style. The concept’s name also links to the past, specifically, BMW’s 328 Touring Coupe that won the 1940 Mille Miglia.

The exterior is painted in a distinctive color called Sparkling Lario, which is described as a gray-brown blend with embedded blue glass flakes. The exterior also features silver-bronze accents and a unique BMW kidney grille. The wheels are also special, measuring 20 inches up front and 21 inches in the rear.

For the interior, BMW’s designers worked with the Italian leather company Poltrona Frau to create an inviting space, highlighted by a mix of dark brown and saddle brown tones. Particular attention was paid to the newly renovated cargo area at the rear, which features a specially made luggage set from the Italian luggage company Schedoni.

BMW hasn’t said whether performance modifications were made. The Z4 is currently offered with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 or a 3.0-liter turbo-6. The engines deliver 255 and 382 HP, respectively.

BMW Group is an official sponsor of Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an annual classic car meet on Italy’s Lake Como. The automaker has revealed several concepts in the recent past, including 2013’s Pininfarina-designed BMW Gran Lusso and the BMW Motorrad R18 of 2018. Some of Europe’s top coachbuilders have also used the event to present their latest designs, so more debuts may occur.