The four-door concept is one of three expected variants in the forthcoming 8-series line-up, alongside coupe and convertible models created to enter BMW into the realm of high-end, luxury performance coupes. The model debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this week.
Together with the yet-to-be-revealed concept of the 8-Series Cabriolet, the production versions of the three new 8-Series models will be sold with a range of different gasoline engines, including a base turbocharged 3.0L 6-cyl.as well as standard and M Div. derivatives of the German automaker's twin-turbo 4.4L V-8 and, at the very top of the range, a twin-turbocharged 6.6L V-12 - which already powers the plush M760i xDrive.
As with the BMW Concept 8 Series before it, the Concept M8 Gran Coupe showcases the brand's new design language featuring expressive surfacing and precise character lines.
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"The Salève Vert paint finish, whose colour appears to change from green to greyish blue in different lights, creates a hugely effective surface composition and teams up with the gold-coloured window graphic, hallmark M gills, gold-coloured brakes, wheel rims and M twin exhaust tailpipes to give the vehicle a head-turning, all-new look, " the press release states. "The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8-Series". The front end is a more aggressive take on the 8 Series Concept due to the large air intakes in the sculpted front bumper, gold-colored kidney surround, and lighting technology familiar from the M8 GTE endurance racer.
Like other M cars, the roof is made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic allowing the centre of gravity to stay low, the flared rear wheel arches give the thing the look of a crouching animal, and even the wing mirrors have been "optimised" for air flow. Although billed as a concept, BMW officials say the new auto is closer to production readiness than the earlier Concept 8-Series was when it was revealed previous year. Moving along the side, the long wheelbase is evident with a short rear.
"The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is created to stir things up, to polarize - it should move you emotionally", said Domagoj Dukec, vice president Design BMW M and BMW i.