BMW's R&D chief has revealed the firm's upcoming four-door coupé would be positioned alongside the 6-series in terms of pricing and technology, but what badge it will take for production has yet to be confirmed.
Klaus Draeger told Autoweek that the luxury coupé, revealed as the Gran Coupé concept earlier this year, would definitely make production in 2012, but whether it will be pitched as an 8-series or a four-door version of the 6-series was not confirmed.
Draeger said the new car's 2012 launch would follow that of the two-door 6-series next year.
The Concept Gran Coupé was designed to fuse the abilities of a GT and a sports car. Its roof is 100mm lower than a current 7-series saloon, and its rear quarters slightly more restricted.
Underneath it will use the same ‘backbone’ platform that underpins the current 5-series, 7-series and 5 GT. The car will offer the same mix of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as those cars, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.