By on March 7, 2018

BMW’s 8 Series coupe isn’t even here yet and the automaker is already toying with the idea of a sedan. Of course, in true luxury automaker fashion, it’s calling the four-door concept a Gran Coupe — proving once again that the language has evolved to a point where it is as fluid as it is meaningless.

Officially dubbed the “BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe,” the sedan offers a conceptual glimpse at a performance variant of the brand’s returning 8 Series. The plan appears to be: build something that can compete with, and perhaps trump, Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class. But if you’re going to take on the big boys, you need to come at them with everything you have. That means a base model 8 Series coupe with double-wishbone suspension, rear-wheel steering, adaptive suspension, xDrive, gobs of tech, and a strong motor.

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

While the M8 Gran Coupe is a concept vehicle, BMW has a tendency to showcase vehicles so ludicrously ambitious you know they’ll never make production, or something that might as well be ready for final assembly. This vehicle appears to fall in the latter camp. However, the manufacturer has released few details on what will power the beast. We’d expect the M5’s 4.4-liter biturbo V8 and possibly the M760Li’s 6.6-liter V12. That’s especially likely, now that BMW claims the M-badge stands for “more,” and not “motorsport.”

The V12’s extravagance may trump the V8’s superior specs. Either way, “more” will also be applicable in terms of price.

“The BMW 8 Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group design, in a statement. “The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8 Series.”

The automaker said it intends to reveal the production version of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the sport-tuned M8 Gran Coupe previewed sometime in 2019. Expect it to look very similar to the concept, but with less audacious bumpers and some door handles.

[Images: BMW]

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15 Comments on “Conceptual Sex Machine: BMW M8 ‘Gran Coupe’ Unveiled in Geneva...”

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    Looks like it’s been parked outside for some time, with those yellowed headlamps.

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    Best front end design BMW has done in ages – the lines for the headlights and grille are pretty clean/sleek, just like how BMW designs used to be.

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    I think it looks pretty fine, pretty coupe like. The problem will be that once they add the door handles, it will not.

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    Kyree S. Williams

    I like the design. I especially like the fact that the border between the fixed and mobile side windows on the rear doors is slanted. It’s something you don’t see on any of BMW’s current cars, and t it reminds me of the E34.

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    Hmmm. Very KIA Stingeresque from the side view…

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    They finally made the Bangle Butt work, and it only took them 18 years.

    The whale tail wing stamped into the trunk looks excellent, I think, and completes the concept introduced on the very Bangle-influenced E63, wherein it was too flat a plane on top and too poorly sculpted on the vertical surface.

    Here’s hoping the metal stamping reality doesn’t kill this form. Its very nice.

    The holes in the rear bumper could go, though. This isn’t a Camry, but it doesn’t work here, either.

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    Chris FOM

    Can we get over the whining about 4-door coupe terminology? Languages change, it’s been nearly 15 years since the CLS debuted, it’s clear the phrase isn’t going anywhere. It’s time to let it go. On top of that, it’s not even a completely unreasonable phrase. If you had never seen a CLS/BMW Gran Coupe/Audi A7 but heard it described as a “4-door coupe” you could get a pretty accurate mental image of it right away. If the primary intent of language is to accurately communicate then the phrase succeeds perfectly as long as you can get over French-style demands for perfect linguistic purity (which was never English’s strong suit to begin with, to put it mildly). There’s more that separates coupes from sedans than the roofline and number of doors (as can be seen by the proliferation of sedans with more couple-like rooflines that are clearly not “4-door coupes”) and on everything BUT number of doors the current 4-door coupes fall on the coupe side of the split nearly every time.

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      Besides, there’s nothing about two-dooriness in the word itself. French “coupé” means “cut off”, as in part of the roof. Take a look at a Rover P5 sedan and (four-door!) coupé, and prepare to be enlightened.

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    Pretty good looking but manufacturers are running the term “coupe” into the ground like “sports car”.

    I suppose pretty soon we will be seeing F-150 and Silvarado and Ram coupes when trucks become even more common place and people find the term truck comes to mean your folks boring old ride.

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    I am far more excited by the AMG-GT 4 door.

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    Glad they kept the side view mirror mount above the belt line and not on the the door Bodyside painted sheet metal. IMO when they mount the mirrors lower it interferes with the body / painted body lines. When cars have this it looks like lady bug antennae.

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    Looks like the worst rear seat headroom since the Chrysler 200.

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    Looking at video of the car, I find the styling exciting, will keep standout looks for years, unlike styling of competing brands.

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    Looking at video of the car, I find the styling exciting, will keep standout looks for years, unlike styling of competing brands.

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    right up there with lamborghini in the design field, top of the heap, gorgeous cars, love the m6.

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