BMW and Pininfarina are two of the most tradition-swathed names in the motoring world. Each is a byword for cutting-edge technology, style, dynamics and aesthetics. With the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé, the two time-honoured companies are unveiling the outcome of their first collaboration. The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé is a one-off and represents the exclusive interpretation of a luxurious BMW Coupé as seen through the eyes of Pininfarina. Working in close consultation, the two design teams have created a new automotive persona brimming with character and ready to join the high-end luxury class.
|BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe|
With its broad, wheel-focused stance, the front of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé radiates sheer presence and dynamics. The hallmark double-kidney grille and the road-focused headlights, with their suggested twin circular look, reveal at a glance the typical BMW look. The “kidneys” are angled towards the road, highlighting the typical BMW “shark nose” and lending the front end an even more dynamic look.
The flat headlights emphasize the road-focused look of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé. The front air intake is larger at the wheels and draws attention to the car’s wide, sporty track. The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe’s profile is dominated by convex line on that gives the body a striking, dynamic and athletic shape. The high shoulder line extends almost horizontally along the entire side of the car. Above it the long roof line flows elegantly into the rear to define the short tail end.
A forward facing curve in the window is perfectly integrated into the surrounding lines. Behind it is the V12 logo that indicates the powerful engine within the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé. The Grand Lusso Coupe rides on large exclusively designed 21-inch wheels. The wheels graceful but powerful powerfully sculpted spokes display a strong visual depth through the application of matt-sheen aluminium, black and black chrome. The elongated side profile leads to a slender and elegant tail end.
Extending from the sides, the tail lights embrace the rear end in a single sweeping gesture that brings the side and rear together visually. The tail lights reveal elaborately detailed workmanship and lend the rear the BMW L-shape lamps. The rear lamps are set in a jewel-like fashion and feature a high-grade trim in matt-sheen aluminium finish. The lamps also have an opening that allows air to flow through them.
|A blend of Italian and German craftmanship|
Inside the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé is a selection of high quality materials. The front and rear seats from the Pininfarina drawing board embrace all occupants with sporty side supports while providing the highest levels of comfort. All driving-related functions and controls are slightly angled towards the driver to be within optimal ergonomic reach. The rear of the cabin likewise boasts spacious design, with legroom in the back seats that is at par with that of a large luxury sedan.
|Side gills with Pininfarina artwork|
All the wood elements in the cabin are sourced from a single piece of kauri wood selected exclusively for the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé. Kauri wood has a unique grain and shifts in colour from gold to red to brown, depending on the incidence of light and angle of view.
The roof liner of finest Italian virgin wool features the striking “Principe di Galles” pattern. The brown leather seats also pick the roof pattern. Allowing extra light into the interior is a rectangle aperture in the roof liner which is additionally illuminated by white LEDs. In the foot well areas, a soft deep-pile carpet in dark grey adds to a subtle sense of wellbeing.
The Grand Lusso Coupé hints at a new ultra luxury coupe from BMW, which might feature an 8-series badge. The concept might also be an indication of greater things to come between Pininfarina and BMW.