The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is the upcoming sedan that acts as the spiritual successor to the 6 Series Gran Coupe, and these spy shots catch the four-door in practically no camouflage, except for a little concealment on the rear fenders and trunk lid.
Gallery: BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Spy Shots
The 8 Series coupe's sharply creased lines make an attractive transition onto the sedan. The front end looks largely similar to the coupe, but the company extends the body starting from the A-pillar to create a flatter roofline while maintaining a relatively sleek silhouette by having it slope downward over the rear seats. The result is attractive, but tall occupants might be cramped in the back. Judging from the bumper, this one seems to be the V8-powered M850i trim.
The powertrain lineup will carry over from the coupe. The M850i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) while routing through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Europeans also have the option of the 840d with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six offering 315 hp (235 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm). A recent spy video also hints at the 840i joining the lineup, and it would likely pack a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six producing 335 hp (250 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm), based on other models with the 40i moniker.
BMW's official teaser indicates that the 8 Series Gran Coupe debuts in Munich at the end of June. Sales in Europe begin in September, but American customers for the sleek sedan might need to be a little more patient for them to start coming across the Atlantic.