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BMW has officially unveiled the Concept Skytop, which will debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. It is a two-door, two-seater with a targa roof and is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 617 hp. from BMW M8 Competition.

The Skytop concept may be one of the best BMW designs we’ve seen in the last ten years. Its design harkens back to the brand’s legendary models with its shark nose and proportional grilles. The front end isn’t cluttered with the overly fussy vents seen on most modern models, and the top view has an almost speedboat-like silhouette.

Like last year’s well-received Neue Klasse sedan concept, there’s more to the design than just a hint of history. Returning to its roots, BMW references the Z8 (which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year) as well as the BMW 503.

The rear three-quarters are reminiscent of an Aston Martin, which is not a bad thing, and the aluminum trim located on the trunk lid acts as a sort of center pivot that runs through the hood and interior.

The paint job is a gradient paint job created by one of BMW’s most experienced craftsmen. At the rear, the reddish-brown roof tone flows into a muted silver with a chrome shadow effect on the body paint.

Look even closer and you’ll notice that the usual door handles are missing, replaced by unusual wings. BMW also claims that the LED headlights are among the thinnest in the world. Even though it’s a Targa, the rear window can be removed completely to enhance the open-air driving experience.

The roof itself, made of leather, is divided into two parts. There’s no fancy mechanism here, but at least there’s space in a special compartment where the halves can be folded. Take a look inside and you’ll find that it’s not just the roof that’s covered in leather: most of the russet-hued surfaces are also covered in leather.

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