Could this V12-powered and Italian-styled one-off BMW concept hint at a future 8 Series?
Believe it or not, this is the first time that BMW and Pininfarina have partnered up to create a concept, and we absolutely love the result. The one-off Gran Lusso Coupe is set to be unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 and it’s being described as "the exclusive interpretation of a luxurious BMW Coupe as seen through the eyes of Pininfarina." Riding on a 21" wheels, the Gran Lusso Coupe is quite something from nearly every angle, as BMW’s current styling language is given a major dose of Italian beauty.
Riding on a long wheelbase, the car’s lines are more elegant when compared to the 6 Series coupe, especially the front headlights and dual-kidney grille, which is covered in matte-sheen aluminum and high-gloss black, as are the taillights. Overall, the concept is a more dynamically sculptured design that just screams Italian. Under the hood lies a V12 engine, although its displacement and power figures weren’t released, but we’re willing to bet it’s the same 6.0-liter unit that powers the 760Li sedan. The interior is also quite something, as the wood trim is sourced "from a single piece of kauri wood", that's native to New Zealand and is not only rare but it’s also more than 48,000 years old.
The rest of the cabin is a smorgasbord of fine Foglizzo leather in black and Tobacco Brown, black chrome, a roof liner made of Italian wool, and LED lighting. No indication was given regarding a potential production version but we’re totally down for a new V12-powered 8 Series and this one-off concept would fit the bill beautifully.