BMW Concept Skytop Redefines Elegance with Iconic Tribute

BMW Concept Skytop is a remarkable tribute to the iconic Z8. Designed to be admired from above, the Skytop features elegant design elements, making it a visual masterpiece. Based on the 8 Series, this concept car combines nautical aesthetics with the thrill of extended automotive travel, offering a luxurious alternative to low-cost airlines. Unveiled at Lake Como ahead of the 2024 Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, the Skytop reflects BMW’s aspirations for this unique model.

The Concept Skytop draws inspiration from several historic BMW models. According to Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design, the Skytop embodies a blend of driving dynamics and elegance reminiscent of its predecessors, such as the BMW Z8 and BMW 503. This homage to a 25-year-old BMW model, a nod to the classic Fifties 507 convertible, redefines the Skytop with a more refined and less aggressive stance than the Z8’s muscle car persona.

Key features of the Concept Skytop include winglets integrated into the shoulders, replacing traditional door handles, and LED headlights mounted on milled aluminium carriers. The car’s illuminated double kidney grille and light alloy wheels with discreet lamellas enhance its relaxed demeanour. The rear three-quarters of the Skytop, with sweeping buttresses or ‘side fins’, evokes the glamour of cars like the Jaguar XJS and Ferrari 575 Superamerica. Unlike the Ferrari, the Skytop features two removable roof panels that fit into a special compartment where the boot is typically, adding a tactile leather finish to the roll-over bar behind the passenger compartment.

The Skytop’s roof seamlessly blends into the exterior paintwork, transitioning from a reddish-brown tone to a subtle silver with a chrome shadow effect. This exquisite finish is the work of BMW’s master painter at their Dingolfing manufacturing plant. The interior, crafted by BMW’s traditional saddlery department, showcases a brogue effect and biscuit brown leather, creating an old-school interpretation of luxury. While the 8 Series hasn’t yet received BMW’s ‘curved glass’ display, some crystal elements from newer models have been integrated into the Skytop’s design.

BMW has a history of presenting evocative concepts at Villa d’Este, including last year’s Z4-based Touring, the 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage, the 2011 328 Hommage, the 2008 M1, and the 2006 Mille Miglia. These concepts often move from Villa d’Este’s pristine lawn to BMW’s museum. The Concept Skytop, with its nostalgic yet innovative design, is likely to follow this tradition, highlighting BMW’s ability to balance its future-focused approach with a nod to its illustrious past.

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