Anton Andres / Newspress | March 08, 2018 09:25
Four-door Gran Coupe completes BMW 8 Series flagship coupe range
The BMW 8 Series family is complete. During this year's Geneva Motor Show, the brand from Bavaria has unveiled the 8 Series Gran Coupe in concept form. In addition to the concept's reveal, BMW added that the four-door 8 Series will start production by 2019, relatively close to the launch of the 8 Series Coupe.
Like the coupe, the 8 Series Gran Coupe will also get the full M treatment, effectively replacing the M6 Gran Coupe. As expected, the car in the metal is toned down from the teaser shown last week. Besides the addition of two more doors, the Gran Coupe appears longer than the 8 Series Coupe and it comes with a pair of unique rear windows. Also, the signature 'Hoffmeister Kink' is less pronounced on the four-door. The outline of the car sees a long hood and a sleek, curved roofline the tapers down into the short rear deck.
As for the front, it is similar to the Concept 8 shown last year. It features a larger version of the signature kidney grill, flanked by slim headlights featuring the brand's laser light technology. Two large air intakes are seen at the corners of the front bumper which BMW calls Air Breathers. The tail end of the 8 Series Gran Coupe concept is more upright than its two-door sibling. However, it does retain the signature L-shaped tail lights.
The production 8 Series Gran Coupe rides on the OKL platform featuring a mix of aluminum, magnesium, steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Engines options are likely to be a turbocharged inline-six or a twin-turbocharged V8. Should the 2018 BMW 8 Series follow in the steps of its predecessor, it is likely that it might also get a V12 option. As for the M8 Gran Coupe, the all-new M5's uprated twin-turbo V8 might be used.