The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is here to challenge the Porsche Panamera

What you see here is the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe, a concept version of the German automaker’s upcoming 8 Series in ‘Gran Coupe’ guise. Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it is BMW’s answer to the newly launched Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door coupe and the segment-leading Porsche Panamera. Although the M8 Gran Coupe won’t hit the market anytime sooner than 2020, but what it does is gives us a good look at what the production model of the 8 Series, scheduled for a 2019 launch, will be like. “The BMW 8-Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW lineup and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design. “The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8-Series.”

With completely blacked out windows, indicating that the car’s interior isn’t quite ready as of yet. But as far as the exterior styling goes, the M8 Gran Coupe looks ready for production – we won’t be surprised at all if the production model looks very similar to the concept. The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is designed to stir things up, to polarize — it should move you emotionally,” said Domagoj Dukec, vice president Design BMW M and BMW i. “With this car we want to reach people who are looking for something special and who want to stand out from the crowd. Here, BMW M is unmistakably taking luxury out of its comfort zone.” There is absolutely no detail on the performance either; however, the new M5’s 4.4-liter unit producing 600 horses might be one of the engine options. It should have an eight-speed automatic sending all that power to a rear-biased AWD xDrive system. BMW hasn’t commented on the car’s expected launch or its price.

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