Range-topping 8 Series will come in two-door coupé and convertible forms, as well as in four-door Gran Coupé guise

BMW is developing three variants of its upcoming 8 Series flagship - and following the reveal of the coupé, the convertible and Gran Coupé have been all but revealed in patent images showing their distinct designs.

The four-door Gran Coupé is due for production late in 2019; it was previewed at the Geneva motor show with the M8 Gran Coupé concept. The production car's look will be toned down so that it appears largely similar to its two-door siblings, but with a raised rear roofline to offer more head room inside. The pictures, which surfaced on Bimmerpost, confirm this.

The cooking 8 Series will be offered in £76,270 840d guise, up to a £100,045, M850i-badged model, and it's expected that the Gran Coupé will follow suit, albeit with an M8 Gran Coupé topping the range. 

Pictured previously during a testing stint at the Nürburgring, the design differences of the M8 coupé and convertible are visible. Aside from their differing tops, the variants also get their own bootlids to create different silhouettes.

The Geneva concept, as well as the new patent shots, show where the Gran Coupé - a successor to the M6 Gran Coupé - will differ. So far, only the non-M, two-door 8 Series coupé has been revealed, with the other two body types, and all three M variants, to be revealed later.

Building on the base of the new 8 Series range, which will appear on public roads in November, the M8 models will use BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine. We know this because the racing M8 that competed in the Daytona 24 Hours earlier this year was equipped with this powerplant.

Without motorsport restrictors to worry about, the finished road car is expected to produce 600bhp, placing it above the latest 592bhp M5 and giving it more firepower than the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupé, which has 577bhp.

BMW M8 concept shown

M division president Frank van Meel revealed that development of the M8 was started at the same time as the regular 8 Series and that their programmes ran in parallel. He said the M8 builds "on the genes of the 8 Series and augments its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility".

Van Meel added: "It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

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He said that BMW's engineers set out "to ensure that the standard car wasn’t too sporty for its customers" because the M division "wanted the M8 to feel like a proper step up".

"Also, because not all 8 Series customers want an M car," van Meel continued.

Insiders suggest the M8 will use the same platform as the 7 Series and 5 Series, and that the M car will share much of the drivetrain of the four-wheel-drive M5.

“For now, I can’t confirm that,” van Meel said of the speculation, “except to say that we have watched the luxury sports coupé market closely and we see lots of four-wheel-drive cars within it already. We have also already proven that our M xDrive four-wheel drive system doesn’t adversely affect the handling purity of the new M5. There’s nothing to fear from four-wheel drive.

“We certainly want to make a statement with this car. It will sit at the very top of our model range and, for now, we have no confirmed plans for any series production model above it, so we understand it must have a specification suiting its position in our hierarchy.”

The M8 will carry a heavy premium over the standard 8 Series' £76,270 starting price, so a starting price surpassing that of even the i8 supercar is certain; the S63 Coupé kicks off at around £131,000.

Global project manager for the 8 Series, Sarah Lessmann, previously told Autocar: "There is a big gap [between the S-Class Coupé and the 911] and we decided the 8 Series shouldn’t quite be in the middle of those: it takes the best out of everything, and defines its own gap. Performance-wise, we’re close to the 911, but we also offer elegant and luxurious materials to match the best of the S-Class.” The Porsche 911 Turbo starts at £128,692.

 

BMW also used the M8 GTE, the racing version of the car, to compete as part of a factory effort in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. It was the brand's first factory entry there in six years.

Additional reporting by Matt Saunders and Sam Sheehan

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28 May 2017
In camouflage with its narrow headlights it reminds me of the front of the MG xpower sv.

15 August 2017

it won't be as nice as the old one.

15 August 2017

We all need to get used to narrow lights. New technology hi-intensity lights will spread to all cars and narrow strips will be the norm. 

15 August 2017

I saw one of these - along with a test fleet from Munich - on the top of the Grossglockner pass this June and, boy, is this thing big & bulbous. I'd wait til Alpina get their hands on it and then the world's plutocrats can rejoice in not only having a big, lardy, gadget-ridden express but also a smidgin' of exclusivity. If you stick to Munich's (as opposed to Buchloe's) version then make sure someone else is paying your PCP.....

BertoniBertone

15 August 2017

It's great that BMW continue to push engine technology, but unfortunate they don't back it up with reliability.   Or when they get something so wrong they don't fix it and support their customers as they should.

 

Instead you're left with bills running to thousands, sometimes even more than the car is worth.

 

Sadly, it's their European customers who are the ones who suffer.   In the USA BMW were forced to buy back tens of thousands of certain models with certain engines under their Lemon laws.

 

21 August 2017

With an M8 on the horizon I wonder if BMW will finally do a M7 to compete with the saloon version of the full-blown AMG S Class? They already do the M750i which competes with the S63.

21 August 2017
Saucerer wrote:

With an M8 on the horizon I wonder if BMW will finally do a M7 to compete with the saloon version of the full-blown AMG S Class? They already do the M750i which competes with the S63.

BMW now has the M760 Li, with a v12 engine and AWD, which should more than enough to deal with the AMG S Class.

21 August 2017

Modern BMW engines are famous for two things:

 

  1. Efficient power.
  2. Breaking down.

 

Sadly, the latter BMW kick UK costomers in to the long grass.   Just enough help to get you outside the warranty period by replacing known poor quality parts with similar poor quality parts.   Not actually fixing the problem.

 

In the USA they've had to warrant those parts out to 10 years, but not for UK customers because they can get away with it.

8 February 2018

’nuff said. Drop it will you, the same old rant on every BMW story. 

9 February 2018

The medical fraternity in the states will love them, here...?,the coupe will be King.

Peter Cavellini.

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