BMW confirms arrival of 8 Series Gran Coupe at special event this summer, while providing a first official glimpse
The brand new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will be revealed at the BMW Group’s #NextGen special event taking place in Munich between 25-27 June, and a teaser image of the new model – which will rival everything from Porsche Panamera to the Mercedes CLS – has been issued.
Joining the new 8 Series Coupe and 8 Series Convertible, the Gran Coupe is a four-door fastback and will likely become the most popular member of the 8 Series trio. An M8 version is also planned.
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Confirmation of its summer arrival follows our latest spy shots. This cold-weather mule is less heavily camouflaged than track-tested cars spotted on the Nurburgring, giving us a better idea of what to expect from the production model.
The Gran Coupe will be the most expensive member of BMW’s 8 Series lineup and will be the largest model in the range. The wheelbase and body have clearly been extended compared to the 2-door coupe and convertible variants, allowing for the rear doors and larger rear seats to be fitted. The added space will mean much improved space inside, especially for back seat passengers.
BMW bosses have already confirmed that engines will be shared across the 8 Series range. That means two Gran Coupe models will be offered: the 840d and M850i. The diesel will be the cheaper of the two and powered by a 320bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, while the flagship petrol version will use a 530bhp 4.4-litre V8. Both will have an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive to get the power to the road.
Later down the line, BMW will also introduce a M8 Gran Coupe, aimed at taking on the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door. Power from that model’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 is expected to rise beyond 625bhp, giving it a fighting chance of success in the performance 4-door GT car market.
Keen to find out more? Read our BMW 8 Series prototype review right here…