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NewsBMW Unveils Luxurious Skytop Concept at Villa d'Este Concours

BMW Unveils Luxurious Skytop Concept at Villa d’Este Concours

BMW's latest concept car merges powerful performance with exquisite design, drawing inspiration from iconic models like the Z8 and 503.

  • BMW Concept Skytop blends dynamic performance with elegant design, inspired by iconic models.

  • Features include illuminated kidney grille, winglet door handles, and ultra-slim LED headlights.

  • Luxurious interior with brogue-accented leather and crystal inserts, evoking heritage and modernity.


BMW pulled the covers off its latest eye-catching concept vehicle at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. The BMW Concept Skytop is a striking two-seat open-air roadster that blends powerful performance with exquisite craftsmanship and elegant design.

Drawing inspiration from iconic BMW models like the Z8 roadster and 503 coupe of the 1950s, the Skytop represents the German automaker’s vision for a modern luxury sports car. Its sweeping exterior lines and muscular proportions exude an athletic stance married to flowing, organic forms.

“The BMW Concept Skytop offers the highest levels of driving dynamics combined with elegance, much like its historic ancestors,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “It’s a truly unique and exotic design befitting the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.”

The concept features several distinctive design elements, including an illuminated kidney grille, pronounced character line running nose-to-tail, integrated winglet door handles, and ultra-slim LED headlights utilizing the latest lighting technology. Its tailored bodywork tapers toward the rear trunk lid, calling to mind the iconic “shark-nose” front ends of classic BMW roadsters.

BMW Concept Skytop | Photo: BMW

Intricate details abound, from the precisely-milled light-alloy wheels to the hand-painted colour gradient blending warm reddish-brown hues into a muted silver exterior tone. The removable roof panels stow neatly in the rear compartment.

The cabin seamlessly transitions from the sculpted exterior, benefiting from the same meticulous craftsmanship as the outside. Supple brogue-accented leather surfaces, a distinctive rollover bar, and crystal inserts adorning the cockpit create an ambiance of spacious luxury. The colour palette’s earth tones evoke heritage BMW interiors while keeping the design fresh.

Performance specifications remain under wraps, though BMW suggests the Skytop concept would pack the brand’s most potent V8 engine, likely a variant of the powerplant found in the previous-generation Z8.

While purely a design study with no imminent production plans, the BMW Concept Skytop further demonstrates the German brand’s ability to channel its storied heritage into forward-looking vehicles brimming with character and exclusivity. The roadster’s world debut at the prestigious Villa d’Este exhibits a commitment to automotive artistry at the highest level.

BMW Concept Skytop | Photo: BMW
BMW Concept Skytop | Photo: BMW
BMW Concept Skytop | Photo: BMW

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