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BMW is one of the most well-known luxury automakers in the world, and like many other automakers, BMW is interested in what's in store for the future. That's why BMW is currently investing in battery technology, working on plans to phase out its gas-powered lineup, and more. And, not that long ago, BMW had a vision of the future, the 2006 Mille Miglia Coupé Concept, and it was a real sight to behold.
How did the BMW Mille Miglia Coupé Concept come to be?
As Motor1 wrote, the inspiration for this concept car is in its name. BMW based this concept car on the 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé, which was an iconic racing car, especially in the Mille Miglia race. It still holds the record for the highest average speed achieved in the original version of that race.
But, of course, the original 328 made that record decades ago, so BMW wanted to create a more modern spin to it. As such, in 2006, BMW showed off this concept car, which looked like the original car, but with plenty of modern improvements and upgrades.
That being said, BMW created this concept car over a decade ago. Due to that, it didn't come with as many gadgets and gizmos as a more modern concept car, such as the BMW i Vision, came with. In any case, it was still a futuristic car in other ways.
A look at this BMW concept's specs and features
One of the big changes from the original 328 to this BMW concept was in the materials that were used. The Mille Miglia Coupé concept was built with carbon fiber and aluminum, while the original was built with steel and aluminum.
Not only that, but BMW put in a more powerful engine as well. This concept car had a 3.2-liter straight-six that got 343 horsepower. That is, of course, much more powerful than the 2.0-liter straight-six that the original 328 had.
That said, just like how EV owners may want to have engine noises coming from their car, BMW also wanted this concept car to sound good. That's why, according to MotorTrend, BMW also tweaked its engine and exhaust to ensure that its engine sounded as good as a racing car should.
The elegant design of the BMW Mille Miglia Coupé Concept
One of the best aspects of this BMW concept, however, was its looks. Since BMW based this concept car on the 328, its looks were one of the few things that were largely unchanged. There were, of course, still updates in that regard, too. For instance, the concept used LED lights, which have a modern look and are simply better than the lights that the original 328 had.
Overall, though, the Mille Miglia Coupé Concept had a sleek, aerodynamic design that looked old and futuristic at the same time. In that way, this concept car was more elegant than many cars are today. Rather than looking like everything else, this BMW concept not only paid tribute to a racing legend, but also made itself look unique.
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