BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso concept: more 7-Series coupe than 8-Series revival

BMW and Pininfarina have taken the wraps off the Gran Lusso coupe concept car developed for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013.

When BMW began teasing a forthcoming large coupe concept car, many of us began wishing and hoping for a modern revival of the 8-Series. Instead this long, languorous and stylish coupe is more of a 7-Series coupe than anything else.

Under that extremely long and flat hood is the company’s V12 engine. No power, performance or economy figures are quoted for the Gran Lusso, but the twin-turbo 6-litre V12 employed in the 7-Series turns out 400kW of power and 750Nm of torque for the rear wheels.

Exterior features include LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels and finely crafted wing mirrors resting on metal arms. Inside the cream and chocolate interior is finished in fine leather by Foglizzo, adorned with 48,000-year old New Zealand kauri wood and features wool headlining illuminated by built-in LED lighting.

Although BMW claims that the Gran Lusso is a one-off, both the exterior and the interior seem remarkably free of hard-to-produce concept car touches.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]