BMW Teases 'Mystery Sedan' Prior to Geneva Debut

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Earlier today, BMW posted an image of an upcoming concept sedan that left us scratching our heads. With its ultra-low roofline and incredibly long hood, we wondered if someone in the company drafted a redux of the BMW CS Concept. As it turns out, that’s kind of what happened.

If you remember, the CS Concept was unveiled in 2007 as BMW’s new flagship sedan — basically a new 8 Series with four doors. However, the global economy fell directly into the toilet the following year and destroyed any hope of it becoming a reality. A decade later, rich people are richer than ever and BMW has already confirmed its Concept 8 Series coupe will begin production in 2018. Based on visual cues, the above rendering appears to show us the sedan variant of that vehicle.

We’re not alone in thinking this either, BMW Blog claims the show car has already been dubbed the M8 Concept Gran Coupe and will eventually enter production as the “practical” alternative to the twin-doored 8 Series. The working theory is that 8 Series sedans will come equipped with a gentle 4.4-liter biturbo V8 and an eight-speed automatic. However, the rumor mill suspects the M760Li’s 6.6-liter V12 will also eventually find its way over.

Regardless of engine, you’ll see stupid amounts of horsepower — with even the most pedestrian powerplant likely pushing 600-plus horsepower.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. We’ve yet to establish if this is, in fact, the Concept Gran Coupe that has been whispered about on automotive forums for the last year. But how could it be anything else? Look at the shape of the C-pillar; look at the sporty hindquarters; look at the ridiculously long hood. That thing is just begging for a juicy twin-turbocharged V12 beneath the bonnet.

Whatever it is, (it’s the M8 Concept Gran Coupe) BMW says there will be “more to come in Geneva next week.” Whether or not that translates into a physical manifestation cropping up at the motor show remains to be seen. The image is tweaked to a point where we don’t know if we’re looking at a doctored image of a real car or a digital rendering. Either way, you won’t be able to wear a hat inside it.

[Image: BMW Group]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • EX35 EX35 on Feb 28, 2018

    Here’s a concept: make a car that is designed to last for more than 50k miles.

    • Stuki Stuki on Feb 28, 2018

      ...And that's some sort of driving machine. As in, for drivers. Rather than a runflat and slush box equipped, overweight, turbo-dulled bore.

  • Kratos Kratos on Feb 28, 2018

    About time they made a car that looks sleek and suggestive

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    • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Mar 05, 2018

      @Lorenzo Take that back! One of my favorite features of the many BMWs I've owned has been an upright seating position and the ability to see out of the thing.

  • 3-On-The-Tree Jeff I a,so had a 1969 Thunderbird with the 429 V8, and it was a smooth highway cruiser. I sold all those cars when I got commissioned into the Army. I regret selling those cars and miss the simplicity of them. I do have an 1985 FJ 60 Land Cruiser and it is real easy to get to everything in the engine bay. My 16 year old son inherited it. The Mavericks are pretty popular here in Az.
  • John Hummer owners don't care. Like shingles.
  • Wjtinfwb Funny. When EV's were bursting onto the scene; Tesla's, Volt's, Leaf's pure EV was all the rage and Hybrids were derided because they still used a gas engine to make them, ahem; usable. Even Volt's were later derided when it was revealed that the Volt's gas engine was actually connected to the wheels, not just a generator. Now, Hybrids are warmly welcomed into the Electric fraternity by virtue of being "electrified". If a change in definition is what it takes, I'm all for it. Hybrid's make so much sense in most American's usage patterns and if needed you can drive one cross-country essentially non-stop. Glad to see Hybrid's getting the love.
  • 3-On-The-Tree We also had a 1973 IH Scout that we rebuilt the engine in and it had dual glass packs, real loud. I miss those days.
  • 3-On-The-Tree Jeff thanks. Back in 1990 we had a 1964 Dodge D100 with a slant six with a 3 on the tree. I taught myself how to drive a standard in that truck. It was my one of many journeys into Mopar land. Had a 1973 Plymouth duster with a slant six and a 1974 Dodge Dart Custom with 318 V8. Great cars and easy to work on.