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BMW returns to making pretty cars with the Concept Skytop

Another gorgeous concept car from Munich

The gorgeous BMW Concept Skytop could be a preview of a future Z roadster. PHOTO FROM BMW

Let’s face it: BMW had a bit of a questionable run when it came to the design of its vehicles in recent years.

The company—which in the past gave us beautiful vehicles like the 507 and the Garmisch—went a bit too avant-garde for some fans with cars like the iX and the look-at-my-huge-kidneys design language of models like the i7.

But all might be forgiven as the Bavarians have just unveiled a real corker of a concept car. Feast your eyes on the pretty Concept Skytop.

BMW is open to building it. Pretty please? PHOTOS FROM BMW

Unveiled at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, this two-seater is a proper GT complete with a V8 engine, targa-style roof, and built-in rollover hoop.

For now, it’s just a one-off concept, but BMW is apparently open to the idea of a production version, depending on how the public welcomes it. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could not like this sleek two-door open top that picks up the style baton where the Z8 dropped it back in 2003.

Simple lines and a proportionate kidney grille. What's not to like? PHOTOS FROM BMW

An assertive front section—with a smaller, tapered kidney grille that is flanked by thin LED headlights set in milled aluminum carriers—brings back memories of the old sharknose look that adorned many a sport BMW of the past.

A vented hood shows that this machine means business, while the sculpted silhouette gives the Skytop a muscular and elegant appearance. The rear features two oval exhaust pipes, a gentle bootlid spoiler, and more slimline LED lights to delight the eye, with slight E63 6-Series and even Aston Martin vibes being definitely present here.

A gorgeous interior that still uses the old iDrive 7 OS? Sign us up. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Inside, it’s a dream in reddish-brown leather, with the material finding ample use on the seats, the rollover bar, and even the removable roof sections that can be stored in a special compartment in the luggage space.

The side windows and the rear one can be fully retracted for maximum al fresco feeling, allowing the sun to make the various crystal applications in the cabin sparkle.

We only expect nothing but the finest of BMW powertrains to be powering this beauty. PHOTOS FROM BMW

BMW hasn’t released the precise power figures for this car. Only that it features “the most powerful V8 engine in the BMW drivetrain portfolio.”

That would mean the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from the most powerful M models, which in maximum attack spec releases 625hp and 750Nm of torque. That should be enough for swift progress. Hopefully, we will also see this going into production swiftly.

It would be a shame if it remained as a concept. We hope BMW will treat us to more design exercises like this.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.