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Old Tue, Mar-06-2018, 07:46:58 PM   #1
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The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe illustrates the meaning behind the letter "M" at BMW in impressive style: it stands for "more", more of everything. As well as dynamic excellence, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe embodies a new facet of luxury for the BMW brand - ultra-sporty, extrovert and polarising.

"The BMW 8-Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance," says 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."

Symbol of a unique understanding of luxury

The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is more than simply a luxury sports car with four doors. It symbolises a new and unique understanding of luxury. "The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is designed to stir things up, to polarise - it should move you emotionally," explains 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." Like the BMW Concept 8-Series before it, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe shows off BMW's new design language, headlined by expressive surfacing that accentuates the car's dynamism more vividly than before through its bodywork. A small number of precise character lines underline the graphic arrangement of the surfaces.

The front end: a promise of dynamic talent to quicken the pulse

Low to the road and broad in stance, the eye-catching front end of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe delivers an immediate promise of an exceptional performance experience. The muscular surfaces and precise contours of the bonnet hint at the driving capability bubbling intently under the skin.

The face of the new BMW 8-Series is evident in the new Concept's front-end graphic. The contours of the radiator grille kidneys broaden as they descend towards the road, emphasising the car's low centre of gravity. As on early BMW coupes, the kidney elements are linked by an unbroken grille surround, creating a large single element. The headlights are positioned slightly higher than the kidneys and give them the impression of sitting lower, which further emphasizes the car's closeness to the asphalt. In contrast, the gold-coloured kidney surround brings an added air of exclusivity to the front end. Within the headlights, the lighting technology familiar from the M8 GTE endurance racer provides a dynamic, hexagonal interpretation of BMW's signature four-eyed front end, distilling elements of modern-day motor sport and luxurious quality into its inner details. Meanwhile, brawny air intakes in carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) guide the air to where it is required.

The side - elegance meets powerful precision

Even when viewed from a distance, the proportions of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe radiate the car's dynamic character. A long wheelbase, long bonnet, flowing roofline and short tail create an elegantly sporty coupe silhouette. The emotionally rich surfacing reaches a climax in the car's shoulders around the C-pillars, north of the rear wheels. Here, the roof flows into the rear by means of elegantly sculpted fins. Lower down, the muscular flared wheel arches offer a visual expression of the power working through the rear axle. The smooth transitions between surfaces exude a certain sensuousness, while the heavy tapering of the car's shoulders combines with a wide track to bring extra definition and athleticism. Being every inch the BMW M car, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe has a roof made from CFRP - which lowers the car's centre of gravity both visually and physically - and aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors.

The Salève Vert paint finish, whose colour appears to change from green to greyish blue in different lights, creates a hugely effective surface composition and teams up with the gold-coloured window graphic, hallmark M gills, gold-coloured brakes, wheel rims and M twin exhaust tailpipes to give the car a head-turning, all-new look.

The rear packs an imposing presence

The rear of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe oozes the dynamic élan and visual impact for which M is renowned, and the wide track and flared wheel arches hint at the car's performance capability. Horizontal lines break up the rear end stylistically, allowing the area below the rear spoiler to catch more light and adding extra visual agility. At the outer edges, the slim, sculpted rear lights with black glass covers underscore the car's wide stance on the road. Below them, the bumper picks up the front apron's dynamic theme. The prominent diffuser and two sets of familiar M twin exhaust tailpipes together send out a clear message of absolute performance.

Looking ahead

The striking exterior of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe combines the core values of BMW M with elegance and luxury to create a new and captivating form, and reveals a new and exciting facet of BMW M. The new model sees the BMW Group looking ahead to the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe and BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which will be presented during the course of 2019 and round off the BMW 8-Series family.
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finally, a desirable design from bmw....
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I didn't like the press photos, but it looks better in the in-person photos. Still seems too aggressive of a treatment for a 4 door...I think it could work for a shortened 2 door. I hate that they're Gran Coupin' this thing as well.
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Not the most attractive car in BMW M history but for a big 4 door coupe it's pretty good. Much better than GT coupe, rs7, panamera.
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like the design, do not approve the entire front end is a massive fake grill though. at least it will be functional on the street car, one could hope.
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I didn't like the press photos, but it looks better in the in-person photos. Still seems too aggressive of a treatment for a 4 door...I think it could work for a shortened 2 door. I hate that they're Gran Coupin' this thing as well.
As was historically the case, the production model will be more subdued than this concept model... What do you mean gran couping this as well? The 8-series gran coupe is the successor to the 6-series gran coupe.
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As was historically the case, the production model will be more subdued than this concept model... What do you mean gran couping this as well? The 8-series gran coupe is the successor to the 6-series gran coupe.
Hopefully it will get subdued some, but BMW's M concepts are a pretty close depiction to the production variant compared to other makes concepts.

I think the 8 series is better off as a 2 door only (the 8 Gran Coupe doesn't pull it off like the 6 did imo) but then again I feel that way with the rest of BMW's coupe lineups.
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Is there one ****ing photo where I don't have to SCROLL across the screen 2 inches?

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