Unveiled at the Geneva show today, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe shows the company's full hand for the first time. Until now, we've had only shadowy teaser images to go by, but the concept points at a very aggressive styling tack. Wider kidney grilles and flared air intakes make for an ultra-aggressive front end, a theme which continues throughout the design, culminating in a ducktail spoiler and quad exhausts at the rear of the car.
What's slightly less clear, is how that power will be put down. M division president Frank van Meel revealed that, while BMW's engineers sought "to ensure that the standard car wasn't too sporty for its customers", M division "wanted the M8 to feel like a proper step up". Going on to say "we have watched the luxury sports coupé market closely and we see lots of four-wheel-drive cars within it already... There's nothing to fear from four-wheel drive."
According to Senior VP of BMW Group Design Adrian van Hooydonk, "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." Expect the M car, and it's four-doored sibling to be priced accordingly. More details on the final production spec, when we have them.
Inspired by the M8 Gran Coupe, but don't want to wait? There are plenty of very tempting M6 Gran Coupes in the PH Classifieds right now...