BMW Gran Lusso Coupe Concept
BMW revealed its Gran Lusso Coupé Concept this past spring at the famed Concorso d'Eleganza on Lake Cuomo in Italy. The siting was no accident, since this sculptural and muscular two-door, powered by a thrusty twin-turbocharged V-12 engine familiar from stable-mate Rolls-Royce, was penned by legendary Italian design house, Pininfarina, known for its mesomorphic work on Ferraris, Maseratis, and Alfa Romeos. Armed with a menacing sneer up front; a trim, full-length tail lamp treatment out back; and an impossibly emotional, Italian-style interior, this concept will likely see production as a replacement or rebirth of the long-dormant 8-Series.
Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept
Not to be outdone by its dearest German rival at the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz pulled the wraps off its S-Class Coupe Concept, which takes all of the exceedingly luxurious interior appointments – and advanced autonomous driving capabilities – of the latest iteration of its big sedan, the S-Class, and wraps it in a flowing yet potent two-door body style. Motivated by a twin-turbo V8 of locomotive (yet efficient) output, and fitted with an airy, icy-blue interior that looks as though it was pulled from the Apple advanced design studio, this big Benz makes overt its dominating and technological primacy.
Cadillac Elmiraj Coupe Concept
Harking back to its mid-century glory days, when coupes like the Eldorado were truly, as the brand's tagline noted, "the standard of the world" – and were among the world's most expensive vehicles – Cadillac unveiled its stunning Elmiraj coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. A long-prowed, tapered-tailed two-door that is as audacious as it is graceful, the concept finds inspiration in the iconic 1967 Eldorado both outside and in, but reinterprets this classic for the modern era with LCD screens behind analog-look gauges, backlit titanium trim, warm hand-carved rosewood, a twin-turbo V8 nearly half the size of, yet far more powerful than, the old boat's 8.0 liter anchor, and rear seats that power forward to ease ingress and egress.