R&D chief confirms Gran Coupé concept car for 2012 - but its badge is still yet to be decided
12 August 2010

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.

Draeger said a hybrid version was also possible. “We are in position to bring out an additional hybrid version since we are using the same powertrain architecture as the 5-, 6- or 7-series,” he said.

As well as testing the water for a BMW-built rival for the Audi A7, the Gran Coupé is intended to distill and concentrate BMW’s design values. As such, it’s likely to have a far-reaching influence throughout the styling of many of BMW’s future model lines.

That means we should expect to see the Gran Coupé’s long wheelbase, vaulted bonnet, shark nose, rearward set glasshouse, low silhouette and short front overhang become part of BMW’s trademark design language, as well as its asymmetrical kidney grille, wide frontal air intake and frameless doors.

“It’s true that the Gran Coupé points to a specific model, a saloon with the presence and elegance of a 7-series but a more dynamic, sporty character: much more of a driver’s car,” said BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk at the car's launch in China earlier this year. “We’re convinced that we should make a car like this.”

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12 August 2010

Yawn. BMW are becoming the old Audi. The Audi A7 looks much more desirable than this glob.

12 August 2010

I actually quite like that, looks like a prettier panamera (i.e no big fat arse but similar lines /proportions )

12 August 2010

Good to see BMWs are becoming elegant again. A great looking car IMHO but they'll probably go and spoil it by making it too long to park...

12 August 2010

It's crap.

The 850CSi was the best looking BMW ever. They shouldn't churn out this 5m length of generic car with that same name.

Where's BMW's R8 or SLS rival?

BMW are sucking so bad this last decade.


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12 August 2010

I'm not sure I see the point of a 4 door coupe. If you plan on making people uncomfortable in the back by giving them no headroom, then at least make their lives a total nightmare by making them climb in thru the front doors!

12 August 2010

It is the best looking BMW for many years is it because it looks like a Jaguar fron the side ? they must be using a copier.

12 August 2010

[quote Autocar]but whether it will take the 6-series badge as a four-door variant, or be named 8-series, has yet to be confirmed.

Suppose that depends on what the next 6-Series is intended to be - simply a coupe version of the 5-Series or a stand alone GT based on a 5-Series to rival the Merc SL, Jag XK, DB9 etc, like the current car.

Either way, while it think it looks good the Gran Coupe looks even less like a 4dr coupe than the (admittedly 5rd) A7, and even a Passat CC. Only Merc seems to have nailed the 4dr coupe concept.

14 August 2010

I don't know where get your info from, but this is not an 8-series. This is the 6er GT, and has been confirmed by BMW. The 6-series Will share the same design front and back but in a true coupe form. And as far as looks, the a7 looks like shit compared to this, only the rapide, and the maserati can hold a candle to this, it looks absolutely sensational. And BMW is releasing a sms, r8 competitor. The difference Will be that BMW Will revolutionize the segment, just watch and learn boys..

14 August 2010

looks great, wouldnt really call it a coupe though, no more than I would audis big hatchbacks

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