First collaboration between BMW and Pininfarina results in V12-engined coupé concept; set to be revealed at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'este 2013

The BMW Gran Lusso Coupé Pininfarina, previewed here in a series of teaser shots, will be revealed in full at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'este 2013 show.

Co-designed with Italian car design firm Pininfarina, the coupé is claimed to be "the embodiment of sheer elegance". It continues a design theme that was seen on last year's distinctive Zagato Coupé.

Power comes from a front-mounted V12 engine, most likely the twin-turbo 6.0-litre unit found in current iterations of the 7-series. This unit is rated at 544bhp and 550lb ft, which would give the coupé suitably rapid and smooth performance.

The new coupé features typical BMW proportions, including short front and rear overhangs, a long bonnet and a sizeable wheelbase.

Little else has been revealed about the concept's features or specifications, and the interior is yet to be seen. BMW says, however, that the cabin of the coupé demonstrates the "successful combination of modern elegance and luxury".

BMW's Gran Lusso Coupé Pininfarina concept could potentially be the basis for a new generation of BMW 8-series, the last of which rolled off the production line in 1999.

The 8-series was also a front-engined, rear-drive coupé - and it was similarly offered with a V12 engine. Rivals of the time included GTs like the Porsche 928.

The new BMW Grand Lusso Coupé Pininfarina concept will be revealed in full on 24 May.

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15 May 2013

But in the town it runs on 3cyls?

 

15 May 2013

Lewis Kingston wrote:

BMW's Gran Lusso Coupé Pininfarina concept could potentially be the basis for a new generation of BMW 8-series...

And an 8 series convertible, and an 8 series GC 4 door, and an X8, and why not a GT8, or, wuuuh, a iGT8XdriveMGrandConvertible maybe?

 

 

15 May 2013

tuga wrote:

Lewis Kingston wrote:

BMW's Gran Lusso Coupé Pininfarina concept could potentially be the basis for a new generation of BMW 8-series...

And an 8 series convertible, and an 8 series GC 4 door, and an X8, and why not a GT8, or, wuuuh, a iGT8XdriveMGrandConvertible maybe?

Yeah! It sucks to have more choices, right?

15 May 2013

GenericAutocarComment wrote:

tuga wrote:

Lewis Kingston wrote:

BMW's Gran Lusso Coupé Pininfarina concept could potentially be the basis for a new generation of BMW 8-series...

And an 8 series convertible, and an 8 series GC 4 door, and an X8, and why not a GT8, or, wuuuh, a iGT8XdriveMGrandConvertible maybe?

Yeah! It sucks to have more choices, right?

Well, no. Now that you say that, i guess brand dilution is a wonderful thing.

 

 

15 May 2013

And should the Lusso Coupe only be driven in misty weather?

15 May 2013

I thought the i8 was the new 8 series which is why its called i8.

15 May 2013

I think the "BMW Gran Lusso Coupe" sounds a LOT better than the "BMW 8xx Coupe" ... Could Pininfarina be contracted to redesign the entire BMW range, then we could end up with an excellent range of cars that embody Teutonic excellence and Italian flair ...

15 May 2013

ohhh please put it in to production!!!

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15 May 2013

544bhp from a 6.0 V12 twin turbo? less than 100bhp per litre?? this seems very low by todays standards. You would expect this from a 4.0 V8.

15 May 2013

clearly from the spy shot this car will have poor emissions jugding by

all the smoke its putting out,

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