ItalDesign BMW Karmann Asso di Quadri

BMW Karmann Asso di Quadri (ItalDesign) (1976)

The BMW Asso di Quadri concept was penned by Giugiaro at the request of coachbuilder Karman. Based on a BMW 320 (e21), it featured a realistic silhouette that was loosely inspired by both the Volkswagen Scirocco and the 2002 Touring. The Asso di Quadri was designed to join the BMW lineup as a regular production car but the Munich-based automaker turned down the project because it was busily trying to move up a notch on the market and fight head-to-head against Mercedes-Benz.

In retrospect, a full-production coupe inspired by the Asso di Quadri could have loosely previewed the E36 and E46 Compact models sold in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Body architecture: 2+2-seat

Overall dimensions (mm): length 4325, width 1650, height 1240

Wheelbase, front and rear track: 2653, 1396, 1409

Front and rear overhang: 972, 700

Engine position and drive: front longitudinal engine, rear drive

Engine: BMW 320 4 cylinder in line, 1990 cc/cm3, 109 HP at 6000 rpm