BMW brings back the clown shoe with new Concept Touring Coupe

BMW broke Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (and the internet) again. The German carmaker brought out something called the ‘Concept Touring Coupe’ at Lake Como this year, and it’s truly giving us ‘Clown Shoe’ vibes; a modern revival of the odd-ball Z3 Coupe from some 25 years ago.

The BMW Concept Touring Coupe is essentially a shooting brake variant of the Z4, replacing the soft top convertible with a bread van-esque roofline and the iconic hoffmeister king on the rear three-quarter panel.

BMW did give it some unique touches to differentiate itself from the production Z4, though, including the vertical slats on the kidney grille, exclusive 20-spoke staggered wheels, and the Sparkling Lario brown paint job, which BMW specifically created for the concept, utilising blue glass flakes for added depth.

Inside, the layout of the cabin is also essentially carried over from the production Z4, but spruced up with fancy vintage-looking upholstery from Italian leather workshop Poltrona Frau. The unique leather-wrapped boot space is also complemented by custom-made luggages from Schedoni, a Modena-based brand that specialises in high-end leather goods.

BMW says that the Concept Touring Coupe is merely just that – a concept. As such, the Bavarian carmaker also didn’t bother releasing full technical specifications for the car, merely noting that it’ll be powered by an inline-six engine, with power sent to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.

Although, head of BMW Group design Adrian van Hooydonk did hint at the possibility of it being a limited-production model during a media roundtable at the event. So uh, those with deep pockets, you know what to do.

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