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Video: BMW Zagato Coupe opened up at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Video: BMW Zagato Coupe opened up at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Last week, we let you in on BMW’s newest creation, the Zagato Coupe, which is obviously based on the 2011 Z4 sDrive35is, sans the ragtop. At that time, we didn’t have any real engine news to give and the details are still pretty spotty at best. We have learned that the engine pumps out a rather impressive-for-its-size 400 horsepower, but that’s not even the most incredible part.

The most impressive part of this Zagato concept is not its power or stunning looks. What draws us in is its impressive sound. This beast does not sound like your typical, comfy BMW. It actually sounds like a purebred racecar just looking for a little asphalt to lay some vulcanized rubber upon. We can now share this sound with you, thanks to a video from Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este of this fantastic Bimmer rolling up to the red judging mat.

One thing that we were waiting for while watching the video was for the driver to get a little randy and accidentally put a little too much foot into it and spray gravel all over the photographers. Thankfully, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este hires only the most professional of folks to drive these display cars and no such thing happened. We are not too sure if we could have resisted the urge to put that 400-horsepower turbocharged beast and the agility of the trailing photographers to the test. And that is why we are not driving cars to the judging mat at these shows!

Enjoy the above video and keep your fingers crossed that BMW will actually release this awesome machine. The video starts a little slow with a series of gratuitous shots of the Zagato’s sexy exterior. You can skip to the 0:57-mark to get right to the piston-pounding action.

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2011 BMW 5-Series GT by Trussardi

2011 BMW 5-Series GT by Trussardi

Lamborghini isn’t the only automaker celebrating Italy’s 150th anniversary of its unification, BMW will also be joining in on the fun with a special edition 5-Series GT. This special edition was developed in cooperation with the Fashion House Trussardi and features bespoke styling cues. The BMW 5-Series GT by Trussardi will be a custom order build.

The BMW 5-Series GT by Trussardi takes its design inspiration from the world of leather and gloves, which is where the history of Trussardi originated. This inspiration lead to "Heraldic Brown" exterior paint combined with a special Glove Beige interior color with contrasting stitching that produces a ribbed pattern inspired by historical archive Trussardi gloves. The exterior comes with three layers of paint that gradually change color depending on its exposure to light. The brown paint is combined with matte dark gray accents found on the strip of the front air intake, as well as other trim parts. The exterior is completed by 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped around 245/40 and 275/35 tires. The interior of the celebratory 5-Series will feature embossed Trussardi logos on the headrests and the center tunnel.

The 5-Series GT by Trussardi is based on the 530d xDrive, but the package will also be available for the 535d, 535i, and 550i models. Pricing for this special edition will be announced at a later date.

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Kvadrat introduces the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo to its interior

Kvadrat introduces the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo to its interior

BMW is no stranger to the more eccentric portion of living, but when you add BMW’s designers together with Patricia Urquiola and Giulioka Ridolfo, then what comes out is the birth of the downright bizarre. We are talking about a BMW 5 series Gran Turismo that has been disassembled and then reassembled with an onslaught of accessories. The most obvious are the 5 gigantic cones jutting out of the car providing an amplified look at the interior. This particular structure was displayed at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile this month.

Patricia Urquiola describes her inspiration for this dramatic transformation, “Usually we perceive cars from the outside, and then the inside follows. However, our direct interaction is with the inside: it is the core that protects and comforts us, the space in direct contact with our bodies and our functions and needs in the process of traveling. I investigated this interface and tried to understand the possible evolution as a softer, dwelling experience.” We assume this is where the name, “The Dwelling Lab” came from. The word dwelling means, “a house or other building or place in which somebody lives,” and so this concept brings a whole new meaning to “living out of your car.”

Hit the jump for the full story and to watch the video of the BMW’s transformation.

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BMW to unveil 'Dwelling Lab' project on Milan Design Week

BMW to unveil ’Dwelling Lab’ project on Milan Design Week

BMW is no stranger to coming with quirky and oddball exhibits so you shouldn’t be surprised that BMW is responsible for this rather curious piece of art.

Called it the ‘Dwelling Lab’, BMW made this project in collaboration with Danish textile company Kvadrat. Now if you don’t know what in the world this is, then you’re not alone. It took us quite some time to figure it out and we only did so when we found a description for this eccentric work.

Turns out, the Dwelling Lab is “constructed from five geometric cones, which are impacted into a model of the car and explores the interior and exterior of this car – a car that turns out to be the new BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo. The Dwelling Lab is likewise covered in Kvadrat textiles with the five geometrical cones providing five different points of view inside the 5-Series GT. Helping BMW and Kvadrat set the whole thing up are designers Patricia Urquiola and Giulio Ridolfo.

We probably would have made a mess by describing it ourselves so we’ll take the word of the guys behind it. In any case, the Dwelling Lab will be on display at the Kvadrat showroom, Corso Monforte 15, Milan from April 14-19, which if you didn’t know coincides with the highly-anticipated Milan Design Week.

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