BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept Could Become Future 8 Series


  • BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Picture

    BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Picture

    BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe | May 14, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • BMW teamed with Pininfarina to create the twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V12-powered Gran Lusso Coupe concept.
  • The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe was designed exclusively for next weekend's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy.
  • Although BMW says the concept doesn't hint at any concrete future production plans, speculators say it could result in a future BMW 8 Series.

LAKE COMO, Italy — Rumors of an even larger, even more luxurious super coupe from BMW have gathered momentum after the Bavarian premium automaker unveiled teaser images of the upcoming BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept car this week.

BMW has teamed with Ferrari design house Pininfarina to create the twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V12-powered BMW concept coupe.

Designed exclusively for next weekend's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is the latest in a long line of such collaborations for the BMW design team. It showed a BMW Zagato Coupe at the same event last year.

Yet there have been strong rumors swirling around the top end of BMW's range, and sources have suggested the critical success of the four-door 6 Series Gran Coupe (which is based on the 5 Series) could smooth the way for an 8 Series, based around 7 Series underpinnings.

Besides offering a less conservative option for the top end of its market, an 8 Series would also deliver a cost-effective way for BMW to smooth out the sales dip its flagship normally suffers after its third year. It could also feasibly be delivered in two- and four-door body styles, much like the 6 Series.

And equipping the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe with the V12 — which is only fitted in production to the 760i and 760iL — provides an even bigger hint, internal sources have suggested.

It's an under-utilized engine in the lineup, with M ignoring the power plant, despite it generating 536 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and effortlessly hurling the 204.7-inch, 4,850-pound 760iL to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

On the record, though, BMW is calling the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe the sequel to a Zagato design idea of last year's Ville d'Este and insists it's a creative exchange of ideas that doesn't hint at any concrete future production plans.

"It enables two design approaches to merge into a new an exciting initiative that encourages fresh design impulses," a BMW spokesman said.

"The close collaboration with the Pininfarina design team has led to a new automobile personality brimming with character and ready to join the high-end luxury class."

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este has been held in the same place, on the banks of Italy's Lake Como, since 1929.

Edmunds says: It's increasingly difficult to make a business case for a V12 flagship coupe, so don't read too much into the appearance of this tempting concept.

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