BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and Concept 90 pics from Villa d’Este
Royalty and the ultra-wealthy rubbed damp shoulders at this past weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, but even the rain couldn’t extinguish the excitement generated by the millions of dollars of cars and bikes on display. Nowhere was this more true than with BMW, which marked the occasion with the reveal of two stunning concepts with six wheels between them – the shark-nosed Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and the retrosexual Concept 90 motorcycle.
Conceived with Italian design house Pininfarina, the Gran Lusso Coupe is a power broker on 21-inch wheels. While we’re not completely sold on every element of its design, this twelve-cylinder two-door concept moves us more than the current 6 Series, and not just because it has four more cylinders underhood and 48,000-year-old kauri wood paneling inside. BMW is sadly mum on production hopes, but we’re not entirely optimistic – the company has graced us with a number of attractive concepts at Villa d’Este before, only to pack them away again without ever affording them a production future.
If one of these concepts has a better shot at finding its way into dealers, we have to believe it’s the Concept 90 under the BMW Motorrad umbrella. Designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BMW’s R 90 S, we think this Roland Sands Design air-cooled boxer would look fantastic on today’s streets, especially with the rising popularity of vintage motorcycles and cafe racers.
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