The 2013 Villa d’Este was the 14th consecutive event held under responsibility of the BMW Group. The weather could have been better with frequent showers and cold temperatures on Saturday. But despite this little hickup the event was an enormous success.
BMW used this opportunity to present their BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé, a one-off car built under the collaboration of design studio and coachbuilder Pininfarina and BMW. The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé features traditional BMW styling cues – a long wheelbase, stretched bonnet and set-back greenhouse. It also has the same cutting edge technology you’d expect to find in a production BMW Coupé.
The car is powered by a V12 engine, it features both BMW and Pininfarina cuing as seen on the set of LED’s which have been incorporated to showcase the technology. The 21-inch wheels are bespoke designed for this concept. On the outside the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé features an exclusive color. The inside benefits from exclusive leathers and woods including kauri wood.
You can also see our highlights of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013 and also check out the winner of the “Best of Show” at the Villa d’Este 2013 which was won by Ralph Lauren with his 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic.
This weekend is the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Northern Italy and BMW will be out in force with two concepts, the Concept Ninety motorcycle celebrating the 90th anniversary of its Motorrad division and the lavish yet somewhat restrained Gran Lusso Coupe.
On the inside, the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe blends themes of elegance and luxury. The minimalist and driver-focused layout of the classic BMW cabin is lent a thoroughly new touch through the influence of Pininfarina.
Key elements include the unique color combinations, the sweeping patterns of the doors and the select material choices. The latter includes a special swamp-preserved wood called kauri that’s more than 48,000 years old.
There are four generously-sized seats, set out in a 2+2 configuration, and all of these are lined in high-grade leather from the Foglizzo leather factory. Their light Tobacco Brown shade creates a warm, exclusive ambience. Metal highlights in black chrome set a technical counterpoint to the extensive application of natural materials.
In addition to the Gran Lusso Coupe, BMW will also be presenting the Concept Ninety. This concept was built in collaboration with custom bike company Roland Sands Design and draws its inspiration from the BMW R 90 S of the 1970s. Like with the Gran Lusso Coupe, there has been no mention of production for the Concept Ninety.
Source - gtspirit.com, washingtonpost.com
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