The M5 Sedan's cooler cousin is coming.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe won’t be the only swoopy sedan BMW will have on display in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the Bavarians have announced today the production-ready M8 Gran Coupe will also be in The City of Angels. Previewed in March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show by a namesake concept, the high-performance sedan will serve as a replacement for the old M6 Gran Coupe and will be a more stylish grand touring alternative to the M5 Sedan.
Having seen the M8 Coupe and the standard 8 Series Gran Coupe, it’s pretty easy to imagine how the M8 Gran Coupe is going to be inside and out. BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door Coupe and the forthcoming Audi RS7 Sportback will likely be offered in regular and Competition flavors like its two-door 8er siblings. That means its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine will deliver as much as 617 horsepower in the hotter trim.
Gallery: BMW M8 Gran Coupe Spy Photos
As far as performance is concerned, the M8 Gran Coupe in Competition spec won’t be able to match the 3.1 seconds needed by the actual coupe to go from 0 to 60 mph due to its slightly higher weight. However, the extra tenths of a second won’t really matter since people will be buying the car over the coupe mainly for its additional doors and the extra practicality that comes with that. It’ll be longer than the M8 Coupe taking into consideration the non-M 8 Series Coupe model has a 7.9-inch longer wheelbase than the 8 Series Gran Coupe for extra legroom in the back where three people can sit.
When it comes to pricing, expect the BMW M8 Gran Coupe to command a premium over its two-door counterpart, which kicks off at $133,000 for the base M8 and from $146,000 for the hotter M8 Competition Coupe. Sales of the high-performance grand tourer are likely to kick off in 2020.
Gallery: BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
A unique variety of exclusive refinement: the BMW model offensive in the luxury segment.
Extension of product range as central component of the corporate NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy – Successful launch of the new BMW Series, the BMW 8 Series Coupe and the BMW 8 Series Convertible – BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe available from dealers starting September 2019 – BMW i8 Coupe and BMW i8 Roadster remain the most widely sold plug-in hybrid sports cars worldwide.
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Munich. With a comprehensively updated and significantly extended model range and the establishment of an independent product category, the premium manufacturer BMW has redefined its position within the luxury segment. The choice of vehicles, which in addition to brand-typical driving pleasure offer a maximum level of exclusiveness and attractiveness, is now more diverse and innovative than ever before. And the spectrum at the top of BMW’s model range is wider than it has ever been. Classic sedans, luxury sports cars with conventional and plug-in hybrid drive as well as a Sports Activity Vehicle each provide in an individual way for highly emotional driving experience. The vehicle’s prominent status is symbolised in the model designation by the numbers 7 or 8 respectively. The model offensive is one of the central fields of action within the corporate NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy for securing the sustainable growth of the BMW Group on the global automotive markets.
Two years after the commencement of the model offensive in the luxury segment, BMW offers to the most discerning target groups in the luxury segment a unique variety of vehicles that combine the utmost exclusivity and a superior driving experience. The modernisation and extension of the product range in this segment began with the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The two-door model was developed alongside the long-distance racing car BMW M8 GTE and combines outstanding dynamics with sporty elegance and cutting-edge luxury. With the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, one can now add fascinating open-air pleasure to the unique driving experience. September 2019 will see the arrival of the third member of the model series. Superior performance characteristics can be experienced in the four-door BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe on four fully-fledged seats.
The new BMW 7 Series once again sets benchmarks in the luxury sedan segment. With its expressive design, extensively further developed drive technology and groundbreaking innovations in the areas of operation and digitalisation, it got off to a successful start on the worldwide automobile market. As many as three plug-in hybrid models underscore the pioneering character of the new luxury sedan. The car’s electric drive is powered by a lithium ion battery of the latest generation and combined with a straight six-cylinder petrol engine. This results in a significant increase in sportiness, efficiency and electric range. The new BMW X7 has been in great international demand right from the word go. The Sports Activity Vehicle embodies a new understanding of luxury, in which presence, exclusiveness and generousness go hand in hand with supreme sportiness and off-road performance.
Two extraordinary BMW luxury segment models reflect the future of the sports car. With an avant-garde design and a both powerful and efficient plug-in hybrid drive system, the BMW i8 Coupe (combined fuel consumption 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 42 g/km) has become the epitome of sustainable sportiness. In addition to the characteristic combination of performance and locally emission-free mobility, the BMW i8 Roadster (combined fuel consumption 2.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption 14.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 46 g/km) offers the promise of a fascinating open-air driving experience. Only a few weeks after its market launch, it replaced the BMW i8 Coupe as the world’s most widely sold plug-in hybrid sports car.
The model offensive in the luxury segment gains momentum through the forthcoming market launch of the new high-performance sports car from the BMW M GmbH in September 2019. The new BMW M8 Coupe (combined fuel consumption 10.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 242 g/km) and the new BMW M8 Convertible (combined fuel consumption 10.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 246 g/km) offer luxurious driving pleasure coupled with maximum performance both on the road and on the racetrack. Furthermore, in November 2019, the Los Angeles Auto Show will be the setting for the world premiere of the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe.