BMW teases 8 Series Gran Coupe ahead of unveil

We've been talking about the 8 Series Gran Coupe since last year, when test mules were two a penny in the German back country. Now though, with the reveal only a few weeks away, BMW has delivered an official teaser image of the car which effectively replaces the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Why trouble your eyeballs with what is, after all, 50 percent shadow? Well, its predecessor was - in case you've forgotten - just about the most handsome car BMW has produced this decade. The four-door coupe was designed to stick it to the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS, and it did so with the righteousness of a thoroughbred stallion visiting a donkey sanctuary.

Its replacement is essentially a retread of the same formula, only this time of course its maker has remembered to attach its flagship number to the job of market placement. The latest Gran Coupe will share powertrains with the coupe variant - albeit with a longer wheelbase deployed aft of the bulkhead.

Practicality will swell commensurately with the larger dimensions - expect a higher roofline and bigger boot, too - but if the camouflaged development cars are anything to go by, don't expect the four-door car to depart dramatically from the design language established by the current 8 Series.

For BMW's part, the talk is of 'consummate elegance' and an interior which epitomises 'modern luxury' - but the crux of the matter is that you get two additional doors and 'an enhanced ride quality' to ensure that those sitting over the rear axle don't feel like they've been relegated to steerage.

We'll find out for sure how the whole shooting match has turned out in Munich next month, although the manufacturer has already reiterated that expanding its model portfolio in the luxury segment is already one of the ways it will ensure sustained growth over the next decade. The takeaway from that is that BMW is newly interested in the ground occupied by the Porsche Panamera - so don't expect much change from £80k when the time comes to talk about the entry-level 840d option.

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  • mrclav 04 May 2019

    The outgoing 6GC was an elegant car, I don't see how this would any different in continuing its legacy

  • rayyan171 04 May 2019

    Certainly. Retains the same proportions of the original 8 series too.

  • cerb4.5lee 04 May 2019

    I think this will do well and the previous 6GC easily out sold the I would expect the same for this. A really smart looking car for me.

  • swisstoni 04 May 2019

    I’ve seen the 2 door in the flesh and they are quite impressive in a big flat kind of way.

    It’s strange in a few years the upright SUV shape has become the almost the norm for cars and that the low look seems quite unusual.

  • hungry_hog 04 May 2019

    What is BMW doing with those grills? Absolutely vile, looks like an aftermarket grill stuck on.

    In the 90s they had so many elegant designs - E31 (8 series), E38 (7 series), E 39 (5 series)

    The only designs I like now are the M3 and M4.

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