BMW M8 ‘Gran Coupe’ Unveiled in Geneva

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BMW’s 8 Series coupe isn’t even right here but and the automaker is already toying with the idea of a sedan. Of course, in true luxurious automaker style, it’s calling the four-door idea a Gran Coupe — proving as soon as once more that the language has developed to some extent the place it’s as fluid as it’s meaningless.

Officially dubbed the “BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe,” the sedan provides a conceptual glimpse at a efficiency variant of the model’s returning 8 Series. The plan seems to be: construct one thing that may compete with, and maybe trump, Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class. But in case you’re going to tackle the massive boys, you’ll want to come at them with all the things you’ve got. That means a base mannequin 8 Series coupe with double-wishbone suspension, rear-wheel steering, adaptive suspension, xDrive, gobs of tech, and a powerful motor.

However, you’ll additionally want a nasty four-door M variant with all of that and a rip-roaring engine, bigger air intakes, flared fenders, and a carbon fiber rooftop. 

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While the M8 Gran Coupe is an idea car, BMW tends to showcase autos so ludicrously formidable you already know they’ll by no means make manufacturing, or one thing that may as effectively be prepared for last meeting. This car seems to fall in the latter camp. However, the producer has launched few particulars on what’s going to energy the beast. We’d anticipate the M5’s 4.4-liter biturbo V8 and probably the M760Li’s 6.6-liter V12. That’s particularly probably, now that BMW claims the M-badge stands for “extra,” and never “motorsport.”

The V12’s extravagance might trump the V8’s superior specs. Either method, “extra” may even be relevant in phrases of value.

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“The BMW 8 Series will take over as the brand new flagship mannequin of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and class,” mentioned Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vp of BMW Group design, in a press release. “The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe provides a stay up for probably the most unique and alluring variant of the brand new BMW 8 Series.”

The automaker mentioned it intends to disclose the manufacturing model of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the sport-tuned M8 Gran Coupe previewed someday in 2019. Expect it to look similar to the idea, however with much less audacious bumpers and a few door handles.

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