This weekend, at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 on the shores of Lake Como, BMW and Pininfarina together unveiled what supposed to be the next generation BMW 8 Series: the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe.
In other words, this represents the exclusive interpretation of a luxurious BMW Coupé as seen through the eyes of Pininfarina – is one step up in luxury, a two-door V12 business class coupe without a strict dress code – it’s different, it’s clean, powerful but elegant.
The side view of the car is very clean, very pure, and “very” horizontal – that’s typical Pininfarina – one single soft line, which starts from the upper level of headlamps and goes till the end of the vehicle, very smoothly but very sophisticated. The hallmark double-kidney grille and the road-focused headlights with their suggested twin circular look reveal at a glance the family bond with BMW.
While the “nose” of the car is typical BMW, the back is completely different from what means BMW design language today – the lights are condensed to a continuing streak across the rear three-quarters and the trunk line, left open for airflow around the aluminum trim.
The light that comes from those “tri-dimensional – open designed” LED tail lights creates a very powerful impression, while the chrome elements improve the complex and on the same time elegant design.
The interior is replete with a mixture of high grade Italian leathers from the house of Foglizzo. The design, the colors is not typical for the automotive industry – it’s maybe more typical for the Italian fashion design or maybe the Italian furniture design – for example the roof liner is made of one of the finest Italian virgin wool that features the striking “Principe di Galles” pattern.
All the wood elements in the car are sourced from a single piece of kauri wood selected by the Italian timber experts of Riva 1920 exclusively for the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé. Let me be clear here: this wood is not only rare but it’s also more than 48,000 years old.
As expected, BMW installed one of the best sound systems that can be found in the automotive industry today – the Bang & Olufsen audio system.
About its power plant, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is powered by a V12 engine, and while the Germans have not unveiled any figures, I’m almost sure that it’s the same 6.0-liter unit that powers the 760Li luxury sedan – so don’t expect this to be slow.
BMW and Pininfarina are also staying quiet on any potential production plans. “It’s just an design exercise for now…”, Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design said.