BMW confirms four-door 8 Series is on the way to rival Porsche Panamera, with reveal due in the coming weeks
12 June 2019

BMW will broaden its 8 Series to three bodystyles with a four-door coupe this year – and photos of the new machine have leaked online ahead of its reveal.

The Porsche Panamera rival is due to launch shortly, with BMW recently issuing the first official teaser image, but new leaked pictures show the car in full. First posted to the Bimmerpost forum, they show how the 8 Series has grown in size to accommodate the extra doors, with a newly elongated rear. The shape is still recognisable from the two-door car, though. 

The new car takes over the market position previously occupied by the old 6 Series Gran Coupe and is directly aimed at cars such as the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS. It shares its engines and underpinnings with the 8 Series Coupe, but with an extended wheelbase and raised roofline offering more passenger and luggage room.

Previous spy images also showed the design is a familiar adaptation of the coupe and convertible, with the undisguised front end looking largely identical and a recognisable rear shape. It's not clear yet, however, whether two or three rear seats will be offered; the coupe is a strict two-seater in the back. 

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The engine range of the Gran Coupe will mirror the rest of the 8 Series range, with a 316bhp 840d diesel entry point and the 532bhp M850i xDrive both available from launch. Later on, a flagship M8 version will be offered, using a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 producing upwards of 600bhp.

It's not clear yet if the even more powerful M8 Competition will transfer to four-door form, but it's likely. At the bottom of the range, we should see a lower-powered petrol model eventually offered, as well as some form of hybrid at a later date. 

The two-door 840d is priced from £76,000, so expect the equivalent Gran Coupe to edge towards the £80,000 mark. With a reveal expected in the coming weeks, we can expect first UK cars to arrive before 2019 is out. 

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13 December 2018
But doesn't really get the blood flowing.

13 December 2018

......I just don't see the point. Hardly that much different to a 7 Series and it can't be a big market. Lot of time and effort that should probably have been spent elsewhere.

13 December 2018

Too big for European roads but I suppose I can see the point for those who fancy a 7 series but don’t want the be mistaken for a professional driver.

What has happened to BMW design though? Why have they destroyed the Hoffmeister kink?

13 December 2018

Lastest video on Hoovie's garage is another classic.   BMW M5 with more lights on the dash that your town's Christmas tree!   An engine oil leak so bad that coating the wheels!   And the automatic gear box is swapping cogs like a learner on his first day out.   His mechanic is advising doing about $5k worth of preventative maintenance on the rods and Vanos.   That's before even attempting to fix what's wrong with the car!

 

Doug DeMuro described it as the "Best car you should never own" on account of everything that breaks.

 

You have been warned - BMW isn't the Germanic reliability you think it is.

 

13 December 2018

 well, must only happen in Trump land, is there fuel got more Sulphur in it?, and of course they person that owns it is a sympathetic driver, doesn’t drive it like he stole it?, by the way, what do you think of the Grand coupe?

Peter Cavellini.

13 December 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 well, must only happen in Trump land, is there fuel got more Sulphur in it?, and of course they person that owns it is a sympathetic driver, doesn’t drive it like he stole it?, by the way, what do you think of the Grand coupe?

 

Nothing to do with the fuel.   Just shockingly bad reliability engineering.   Goes right back to the original design with inferior parts for the car being used.

 

Drive like he stole it?   This is an M5, it's supposed to be a performance sedan.   That's how it's sold.

 

Grand Coupe?   It looks aweful.   Go and look at the Maserati Quattroporte.   Something that has a uniqueness about it, and will turn heads.   Not as if it's going to be any less reliable to own!

 

13 December 2018

  You’d expect when you pay a six figure sum for anything that it will work faultlessly, well, we all know nothing works er perfectly, Car makers are trying to squeeze so much power and torque out of there engines that it’s no wonder they go wrong frequently and that’s before bayou get to the rest of the Car, it’s almost like an Arms race, who can build the better Car, but, like the rest of us, out on the Road the rules are the same for all of us, so Cars like the M5 on the 80% of the time can’t use all there BHP.And I don’t think it’s just BMW who have troubles with there Cars.......

Peter Cavellini.

13 June 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 well, must only happen in Trump land, is there fuel got more Sulphur in it?, and of course they person that owns it is a sympathetic driver, doesn’t drive it like he stole it?, by the way, what do you think of the Grand coupe?

BMW call it the gran coupe like you would call you granny but i reckon this thing is alot faster than your granny.

#IDONTPROOFREAD

13 December 2018

I watched that video last night along with Doug DeMuro's; both fascinating but also troubling. Ok the M5 is more complex than your normal BMW but the number of potentially catastrophic failure points was shocking. It certainly puts me off owning any big or M badged BMW. 

13 December 2018
Symanski wrote:

Lastest video on Hoovie's garage is another classic.   BMW M5 with more lights on the dash that your town's Christmas tree!   An engine oil leak so bad that coating the wheels!   And the automatic gear box is swapping cogs like a learner on his first day out.   His mechanic is advising doing about $5k worth of preventative maintenance on the rods and Vanos.   That's before even attempting to fix what's wrong with the car!

 

Doug DeMuro described it as the "Best car you should never own" on account of everything that breaks.

 

You have been warned - BMW isn't the Germanic reliability you think it is.

 

Let me guess, you didn't even own the V10 M5. What do you drive now?

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