BMW and Pininfarina have combined to create a sporty luxury concept car known as the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe. The car, unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013, marks the first time BMW and the Italian styling house have collaborated.
Predictably, the Gran Lusso Coupe is a compelling blend of BMW muscle and Italian flair, with a number of gorgeous design features. Up front, the huge kidney grille, tiny light clusters and chrome trimmed air intake give it a shark-like aggression, while the rear has a broad, beefy stance, complemented by wide, intricately detailed tail lights.
Pininfarina doesn’t always get it right, but it’s hit the nail on the head this time — for the most part.
Inside, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe has much in common with production BMWs, albeit with several notable flourishes. The oblong-shaped ‘sunroof’ is a particular highlight, as is the gorgeous tobacco brown leather trim, black chrome embellishments and kauri wood, sourced by Italian timber experts Riva, on the steering wheel, gear selector and dashboard.
Power in the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe comes from a BMW V12, likely the same unit that powers the BMW 760Li. Should that be the case, it should produce a power figure in excess of 530bhp and be capable of a sub five second 0-62mph time.
Sadly, BMW has no plans to release the Gran Lusso Coupe commercially, but we can at least gaze lovingly at this one-off with the hope the company’s partnership with Pininfarina may one day yield something we can all enjoy.