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Year (of specifications) 1993 prototype
Engine 4988 cc V12
Transmission 5 manual
Max speed 185 mph
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 350 bhp @ 5200 rpm
weight 1000 kgs / 2205 lbs

The Ital Design Nazca project which began in 1991 is still one of the best remembered concept cars from Ital Design and Giugiaro. Originally it was speculated that the Nazca might enter production as a BMW, taking over where the BMW M1 left off.

Entry to the BMW Nazca was via gullwing windows mixed with conventional doors. The Nazca was powered by a BMW V12.

In total 3 BMW Nazca prototypes were produced, including one convertible spider version.


Review by: Muhammad A. Al-Nahhal:
The Nazca M12, which was introduced in 1991, was powered by BMW 750's & 850's 5.0Ltr V12, producing 300 HP. This car was the design work of Giorgetto Giugiaro himself

In early 1992, the the Nazca was shown, as the perfectionist Giugiaro thought of restyling the original design. The C2 had the same engine but this time it was modified by Alpina -as found in the B12- to produce 350 HP instead of the original 300.

In 1993 The last version of this beauty made it to the light. It was the Nazca C2 Spyder. The car was powered by BMW's most powerful engine at that time, the 5.7Ltr V12, that powered the 850 csi, the top model of BMW's flagship 8 series. It produced 380 HP. the car was able to hit the 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 305 Km/h. In the 850 csi, it could only perform the 0 - 100 Km/h in 5.9 seconds, with an electrically limited top speed of 250 Km/h. the difference was resulted because of the loss of weight -1140 vs 1865- and the better coefficient of drag -though the 8 series had an excellent-for-that-era 0.29 -.

Unfortunately, the car didn't make it to production, and there are only three prototypes of it, one of each of the above versions. They are kept in great shape by Italdesign, and are driven regularly, as all the trio are operational vehicles.

Many thanks and regards,
Muhammad A. Al-Nahhal

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