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1976 BMW Karmann Asso di Quadri by ItalDesign

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. Still, 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 inline, 1990 cc/cm3, 109 HP at 6000 rpm


Images: ItalDesign; Karma

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