By on June 17, 2019

In case you weren’t sure if BMW was going to fill the gaping hole left in its lineup by the departure of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, early official photos have confirmed that it will. Recently leaked photos of the 8 Series Gran Coupe were confirmed by BMW to Car and Driver to be real and valid, coming ahead of the official unveiling on June 18th.

With a sleek, sloping roofline that leads to a duckbill lip on the decklid, the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe combines all of the low-slung presence of the Coupe with the practicality of 4-doors. The upward kick of the tail of the GC is much more aggressive than what is found on the Coupe. This could be form following function in order to maintain rear stability in this longer-roofed variant.

I have to say that I like this much better than the continuous downward slope on the rears of the Audi S7, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-door Coupe, or Porsche Panamera models.

Effectively replacing the 6 Series Gran Coupe in the lineup, the 8 Series GC will move further upscale to reside beside the M850i xDrive Coupe, which starts at $111,900. They will both feature a 523-hp twin-turbocharged V8 and all-wheel drive.

The last remaining 6 Series that is available is the $70,300 640i xDrive Gran Turismo — because people actually buy them, apparently. So, unless BMW rolls out lesser variants of the 8 Series than the M850i models, it may not be the same 6 Series buyer that makes the stretch to the 8.

Hopefully buyers will actually option their cars with 2-tone interiors, like the one shown here. Monotone black interiors are just too boring for cars that should otherwise be engaging to drive and own. The rear seat backs take on a cool cobra look that would be lost in a monotone finish.

With the M8 Coupe looming, it is a foregone conclusion that an M8 Gran Coupe will follow. It is expected to pack the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 of the M5, providing 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque to all 4 wheels, while retaining the selectable rear-wheel drive mode.

[Images: BMW via carbuyer.com.sg]

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28 Comments on “BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Leaked Ahead of Official Debut...”


  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    Am I the only one that thinks this should be the new 5-series? You know, consolidate some models and all that… Because this is one sedan which they hit a style homerun compared to the rather upright and sedate looking current 5-series. Quit this Gran Coupe nonsense, please! Wish more cars did that kind of interior color combination – very striking and attractive.

    I could even live with the rather ridiculous looking digital gauges, even though it kind of looks like WALL-E is staring back at me.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Why is there a spot for a 3rd seat belt in the second row if there’s a center console? Is someone suppose to straddle that?

      • 0 avatar
        theflyersfan

        Given that the center seat belt appears to be crammed behind the fold-down seat, I don’t think BMW anticipates anyone taking that seat!
        As I recall, didn’t the Volt (either Gen 1 or Gen 2) do that as well – put a fifth belt in the car combined with a massive rear center console? All that guaranteed was non-stop fighting between the kids back there. Then again, they probably all ride in individual captain’s chairs with screens embedded in their faces now and don’t know the ongoing hell of a long road trip riding in the middle that the rest of us had to face. Sigh…

      • 0 avatar
        NeilM

        Child car seat? Legless dwarf?

      • 0 avatar
        Lockstops

        What are you, a nun? You always only sit with your legs tightly together?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    That’s not a coupe; it has two-many doors.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      Just like the X2 Sports Activity “Coupe” four door, a hatchback with no interior room and a whole inch and a half lift built on the MINI UKL platform for mere thousands more.

      Mercedes started the rot of redefining what a coupe is – the M240i Audi A5 are coupes, the 8-Series four door is an elephantine blob road masher with what looks like a pretty cheap interior, or maybe the design just makes it look that way. Same thing really.

      Next the Germans will annoy the French even more by further watering down their language for commercial purposes, and bring out station wagon coupes to huzzahs all around..from the permanently windswept look of poseurs.

  • avatar
    Vanillasludge

    If it’s a true BMW it will continue leaking for the rest of its life cycle.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      It’s impressive they were able to photograph this car without the requisite oil spill underneath it.

      I am assuming that is due to post production removing it.

  • avatar
    James2

    That rear bumper already looks like it got into a fender bender.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    It’s a four-door SEE-dan.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    “$111,900”

    $21,900 more then my first house, but it only had 2 doors :(

    It’s actually kind of nice looking, I just don’t get too excited about $100K+ sedans. I saw a Kia Stinger yesterday that was an absolute knock-out… Just sayin’

    • 0 avatar
      Whatnext

      Yeah< I was about to say BMW just invented the $111,000 KIA Stinger!

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Best looking BMW car in a long while, but still, could have been better (too many details are a bit off).

      That being said, when the Stinger gets the 3.5TT and if Kia puts in a nicer interior – something at least the level of the refreshed Cadenza (which gets open-pore wood trim), if not closer to the K900 – would just get the Stinger for around a 3rd of the price of a loaded 8 Series GC.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Engine is too small for price tag, that engine belongs in something half the price.

  • avatar
    oldowl

    Inching toward Lexus front ugliness. Fog lights inserted into ice cream scoops. Those will be gunk collectors. Take us back to Bangle–or earlier.

  • avatar

    Das Grand Coupe is the German translation of Brougham.

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    “M850i xDrive Coupe, which starts at $111,900”. Fully loaded model is around $155K!

    Definitely my car in 4 or 5 years from the time 2020! Maybe buy it in 2024 or 2025, a 2020 MY!

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    It’s a pretty honest translation of the alligator-green BMW M8 (not pronounced “mate”) Gran Coupe concept we saw last year.

    By the way, there are Coupe and Convertible M8 models arriving for 2020. Once the production M8 Gran Coupe arrives, the 8 Series lineup will be all fleshed out.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    The rear corners of this design recreate the armpit area of a big girl in a tank top and too-small bra.

    Call it the back-fat school of design.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I hopped in a 6 series ‘kew-pay’ recently and it felt like the car equivalent of skinny jeans. My 12 year old 3er has more room. I know roominess isn’t the goal, but it felt cramped.

    Why would anyone buy or lease this when the Panamera exists that does the same thing, but with a better badge, better interior, more prestige, and very likely more fun to drive?

  • avatar
    V16

    Indigo and linen 2-tone Nappa leather interior has been available in the Chrysler 300C for the past 5 model years.
    A striking color combination.

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    So BMW is copying the Panamera?? also i see a sedan…………wheres the coupe???


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