Saturday, October 19, 2013

2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

The first collaboration between BMW and Pininfarina is this blunt-force two-door called the BMW Pininfarini Gran Lusso Coupe revealed at the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. The one-off car, powered by a V12 engine, is supposed to demonstrate an Italian take on BMW’s brand values.

The Gran Lusso Coupé has a long, wide, and creased hood that leads to narrow headlights and BMW’s trademark kidney grille openings. A prominent “Pininfarina” fender badge helps define the top of a scallop along the lower door edge; a complex cantilever shape suspends each side-view mirror. The roofline dips sharply into the stubby, short trunklid. Beneath the trunk opening is a thin line of LED taillights, which wraps around onto the rear fenders. The comparatively plain rear bumper sits atop a pair of parallelogram-shaped exhaust openings. Other popular BMW design touches include the Hofmeister kink rear quarter-window design, and Air Breather openings behind the front wheels that are supposed to reduce aerodynamic drag.

Like the outside, the concept car’s cabin doesn’t look particularly far removed from a production BMW. Tobacco Brown Foglizzo leather combines with 48,000 years old kauri wood, the latter adorning the door panels, center console, and dashboard. The instrument cluster, steering wheel, and center stack controls all look familiar from other modern BMW cars. The headliner is made from wool and the carpeting is “soft deep-pile.” A narrow, rectangular skylight in the center of the roof is accented by white LEDs. ( &

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