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While numerous luxury automakers turn to Italian design studios to put a fresh spin on their vehicles, BMW
has traditionally handled its design almost exclusively in-house. It broke with convention with the debut of the BMW Zagato Coupe concept at last year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and the Roadster version that followed at Pebble Beach a few months later. This year it returned to the prestigious Italian concours, which it incidentally sponsors, with their Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept.
Designed in collaboration with the famed Italian design firm Pininfarina
, the Gran Lusso Coupe envisions a return of the long-dormant 8 Series model line with an elegant two-door form that blends the best stylistic elements of the Italian firm and the Bavarian automaker — including the latter's trademark “shark nose” with twin-kidney front grille and pillarless side glass.