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BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe breaks cover

The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show hinting at the “most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8 Series”.

THE BMW 8 SERIES will take over as the new flagship vehicle in the line-up with the Concept M8 Gran Coupe billed as “a new facet of luxury for the BMW brand – ultra-sporty, extrovert and polarising”.

“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,” Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design said at the Geneva Motor Show.

“The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8 Series.”

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe

In the same way Range Rover’s SV Coupe is trying to reach a new breed of buyer that wants something ‘different’, BMW claims its Concept M8 Gran Coupe wants to appeal to people who want to stand out from the crowd.

Like the BMW Concept 8 Series before it, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe shows off BMW’s new design language elements of which we’ve already seen on the X2, like the kidney grille (ringed in gold) that now flares out at the bottom. The headlights are similar to those on the M8 GTE racer and there are carbon fibre air intakes to funnel air into the engine and to the brakes.

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe

Like other M cars, the roof is made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic allowing the centre of gravity to stay low, the flared rear wheel arches give the thing the look of a crouching animal, and even the wing mirrors have been “optimised” for air flow.

Expect to see design cues from this concept incorporated into the 8 Series Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe which will be revealed in 2019.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.