Though this isn't how the standard BMW M8 will look when it hits the road there are hints that the Gran Coupe will in fact become a reality, even in M8 guise. Accordingly, BMW has brought with it to the Geneva Motor Show a new, extravagant, dramatically designed concept.
The front of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is flat and wide.
BMW says the M8 showcases an updated design language and paves the way for a new understanding of the luxury sports vehicle. The headlights are similar to those on the M8 GTE racer and there are carbon fibre air intakes to funnel air into the engine and to the brakes. Moving along the side, the long wheelbase is evident with a short rear. BMW has already shown off a concept version of the two-door 8 series, but this is the first look at how the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival will look as a four-door coupe.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept revealed, production version confirmed
The Concept M8 Gran Coupe's arrival follows the unveiling of the Concept 8-Series Coupe at last year's Villa D'Este Concorso D'Eleganza in Como, Italy, as well as the unleashing of an M8 Coupe prototype during a promotional event at the 2017 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race in Germany. With the vehicle we want to reach people who are looking for something special and want to stand out from the crowd. "Here, BMW M is unmistakably taking luxury out of its comfort zone".
We can also only offer educated guesses as to what the 8 Series and 8 Series Gran Coupe ranges will comprise, and here we expect a base 840i with a 3-litre turbo straight-six, an 850i with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, and possibly an 860i with an iteration of the M760Li's 6.6-litre turbo V12 unit.
We can't imagine how it could possibly outdo the tech and feature-rich Seven, so we're guessing the Eights will adopt much of the current flagship's gizmos and further the luxuriousness factor with fancier interior materials and more bespoke customer build processes.
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