Bmw Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe hints at a possible 8-Series

Article by Christian A., on May 25, 2013

Bmw unveiled the impressive Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe, a concept car that hints at a possible 8-Series. Unveiled in Italy at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, the new Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is a four-seater powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine delivering 537 bhp, same found on the 760i. Power is delivered to the rear wheels.

Regarding the design, the Gran Lusso Coupe is quite impressive and comes with a swept-back silhouette that features a long bonnet, shallow glasshouse and a reinterpretation of the well-known Bmw front grille. Although it is described as a one-off, the Gran Lusso Coupe could easily be taken into production with little changes.

The same design theme is continued at the interior where Bmw and Pininfarina used only high-quality materials such as black and tobacco brown leather upholstery from Italian company Foglizzo, but also the trims sourced from kauri wood as well as black chrome.

“The roof liner of finest Italian virgin wool features the striking “Principe di Galles” pattern. This grey plaid strikes a bold contrast to the traditional materials used for the doors and dashboard. The brown leather seats also pick up on the pattern in their all-round piping. Allowing extra light into the interior is an oblong aperture in the roof liner which is additionally illuminated by white LEDs. In the footwell areas, a soft deep-pile carpet in dark grey adds to a subtle sense of wellbeing. Another interior detail are the freestanding B-pillars, whose elegant design when viewed from the outside creates a homogeneous glazed area and frameless doors that appear very light.” said the press release.

BMW’s status as an exclusive carmaker is furthered by the new BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé. This new one-off creation is marked by liberal surface areas as well as taut contours. As expected, the new BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé features typical BMW proportions, like its stretched bonnet, set-back greenhouse and a long wheelbase – all making the one-off car seemingly moving even at standstill.

Despite its captivating looks, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe conveys balance and harmony. After all, the dynamics, technology and precision of the BMW brand are well complemented by the detailed and expert craftsmanship of Pininfarina.

Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, remarked that the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé has made an extraordinary impact as it exudes signature BMW values like luxury and dynamic presence in a very elegant form. He expressed admiration for the clarity and precision of Pininfarina's design. He noted that both BMW and Pininfarina have high expectations for the final car, noting that the level of the styling company’s understanding of design perfectly complements BMW’s design DNA.

When viewed up front, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé exudes a dynamic on-the-road presence, as helped by the fact that it features a broad, wheel-focused stance. The front end’s hallmark double-kidney grille and twin-circular headlights help make the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé recognizable as BMW. These design cues were well-blended with styling elements from Pininfarina.

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