Some may compare the elegance of a BMW to that of a piano. No? Well, maybe it’s just BMW then as the German automaker has teamed up with piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons for an exclusive 7-Series model that borrows the design from one of their magnificent creations. This special edition model is based on both the normal and long-wheelbase versions and will be offered in just two exterior colors. We’ll let you take a guess at what those two colors might be.
The BMW Individual 7-Series Composition models will feature either a black or white exterior paint finish that is individually smoothed and polished by hand. This high end finish is given this treatment so that it may be comparable to the exquisite finish of piano lacquer. And since this model is supposed to be reminiscent of a piano, the focus has to lend itself to sound as much as exterior beauty. That is why BMW is offering an audio system specially adapted to the luxury saloon’s interior.
There’s no word as to how much this elegant beauty is going to set anyone back, but we imagine this limited edition will catch the eye of anyone who has a passionate love of music.
Updated 04/06/2011: The special edition BMW 7-Series Steinway & Sons made its debut on the Chinese market. The new 7-Series Steinway & Sons Piano Limited Edition will be based on either 740i or 760i versions and will be limited to only 150 units worldwide. This special edition will be painted in hand polished metallic paint, with texture comparable with Steinway piano. The whole painting process takes at least 35 hours to complete.
Press release after the jump.
As part of an exclusive partnership and with effect as of next year, the Munich-based premium carmaker BMW will be supporting the international talent programme of piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons. The aim of the joint initiative between BMW and Steinway & Sons is to promote and nurture young musicians at national and international level.
With production facilities in Hamburg and New York, the world-renowned manufacturer of upright and grand pianos has partnered authorised Steinway dealers for several decades in promoting piano competitions for children and young people up to the age of 17. The competitions enjoy considerable prestige and have already brought international recognition to a number of great artists. Another key component of the company’s efforts to promote young musical talent is the International Steinway Festival, which takes place in Hamburg every two years. This festival brings together piano competition winners from the nine countries in which the competitions are currently held. The highlight of the event is the festival concert, which gives all the pianists an opportunity to showcase their skills and experience the concert environment in front of a large audience without the pressure of competition.
To kick off this exclusive cooperation, BMW is presenting its special limited-edition BMW Individual 7 Series Composition inspired by Steinway & Sons on 11 November 2010 at the Hamburg factory of Steinway & Sons. Dr Uwe Ellinghaus, Director BMW Brand Steering and BMW Brand Management, commented: “We very much look forward to our partnership with Steinway & Sons, like BMW a premium brand with the highest quality standards and a passion for detail. The special-edition BMW Individual 7 Series Composition embodies the desire of both brands to combine aesthetics, comfort and technical perfection. With its aim to provide support for future talent, the BMW Group considers that promoting the Young Steinway Artists in this way is a perfect adjunct to its commitment to culture.”
The luxury saloons of the BMW 7 Series express the aesthetics, quality and exclusivity which both brands epitomise. A design style with a commitment to perfection is the hallmark both of vehicle production at BMW Individual and of upright and grand piano manufacturing at Steinway & Sons.
For its world premiere in Hamburg, the BMW Individual 7 Series Composition inspired by Steinway & Sons will be presented in two perfectly coordinated colour variants. Deliberately reminiscent of the piano keyboard, the colour schemes reflect the contrast between black and white. The exclusive appearance of these luxury saloons is characterised by top-quality craftsmanship and the use of exquisite materials. At the same time, the paint finish – in a choice of black or white – and upholstery and surface materials are the result of a design and build quality that is unique worldwide and has been developed specifically for this special edition. The body’s paintwork, for example, in which each coat of paint is individually smoothed and polished by hand, boasts a high-end finish comparable to that of piano lacquer. Precise highlight details, together with an audio system specially adapted to the luxury saloon’s interior, complement the sophisticated ambience and add an even more exclusive touch to this special edition. The vehicles, produced as a special limited edition by BMW Individual, are built to customer specifications and based on the normal or long-wheelbase versions of the luxury saloon.