BMW Brings Back The ‘Shooting Brake’ With One-Off Concept
The BMW Concept Touring Coupé represents a dynamic contemporary take on a body shape steeped in tradition.
An ode to the joy of being on the road, the BMW Concept Touring Coupé reimagines the traditional body shape of a classic touring car by bestowing it with a shooting brake concept.
Pointing to a time before electrification, the BMW Concept Touring Coupé exudes an old-world elegance, aptly making its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2023 in Lake Como, Italy.
Largely inspired by the BMW 328 Touring Coupé that took home the Mille Miglia endurance race in 1940, the handcrafted, one-off BMW Concept Touring Coupé also features more than a couple of nods to Z3 and Z4 Coupés. The functionality of the shooting brake concept also references the BMW 02 Series model variants of the early 1970s — those that featured ‘Touring’ in their name to distinguish them from sedans.
Under the—rather elongated—hood, the Concept Touring Coupé is powered by one of the German marque’s 3.0-litre straight-six engines (though BMW hasn’t specified which).
“The BMW Concept Touring Coupé celebrates the original Sheer Driving Pleasure,” says Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW Design. “A highly emotional vehicle like this shows that the passion for everything that goes into driving pleasure has been essential through the ages and will be for the future.”
Much like many reality stars over the past decade, the BMW Concept Touring Coupé is defined by its sculpted rear end, with the marque’s signature Hofmeister kink slightly flicked upwards to contribute to the vehicle’s athletic stance. The contoured roof and flat rear window add to the two-box design, while the long bonnet cements the Concept Touring Coupé’s shooting brake proportions.
The classic oversized kidney grille takes on a more subdued, nostril-like form here, complete with longitudinal bars. Created specifically for the one-off concept, the Sparkling Lario paintwork featured embedded flakes of blue glass within the grey-brown tones. It’s complemented by silver-bronze accents on the 20/21-inch light alloys.
Step inside and you’ll find leather interiors courtesy of Italian furniture designer Poltrona Frau. Divided into two distinct colour segments, dark brown in the upper section (BMW claims this “aids concentration while driving”) and a light saddle brown in the lower, the interiors take on a heritage aesthetic. Complementing the cabin is luggage by Modena leather workshop Schedoni, with an exclusive custom set comprising weekender bags and a garment bag, optimally coordinated with the vehicle.
While the BMW Concept Touring Coupé is a one-off, there are whispers that the German marque may well drop the ‘Concept’ from its name pending what has been a robust and positive public reception.
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