BMW M8 Gran Coupe
The Geneva Motor Show is a famed hotbed for concept cars and new car launches alike and over on the BMW stand at this year's show were a number of headline showcases. The most notable of which was the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe, and we took a moment to find out more. Whilst officially a concept, the car on display in Geneva effectively resembles what will become the latest addition to the BMW range. This is the second coming for the 8 Series having previously seen life between 1989 and 1999 before production was ultimately stopped. The 2018 model brings this name back and then some as for the first time, the 8 Series will come with an M Power variant. Following on from its predecessor, the new 8 Series Gran Coupe cuts a striking and sleek profile. It’s imposing too. Coming in at over 5 metres in length this machine is certainly on the large size. Speaking about the design itself, Domagoj Dukec, vice-president for design at BMW M, stated that the concept had been “designed to stir things up, to polarise and take luxury out of its comfort zone”. So what to make of this new machine? One thing’s for certain, there is definitely no lack of substance over style here. Muted to feature the same powertrain as the new BMW M5, which features a potent 4.4-Litre turbocharged V8 engine with close enough 600 bhp, eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. With all this power harnessed under its elongated bonnet, it’s only correct that the M8’s body has been fettled to look more aggressive. Featuring large flared arches, confident and defined lines to the front of the car and that sleek couple silhouette, the M8’s muscular look is completed by an eye-catching quad exhaust tailpipes arrangement to the rear. A four-door set up, the M8 will form the figurehead of the revised 8 series offering with space left open for models and variants to feature underneath this, within the range. Expect a full lineup with a plethora of specifications and options following on off the back of the initial launch of the M iteration. With stunning coupe looks and a powerful drivetrain to boot, the new M8 could soon prove to be a real thorn in the side for the likes of the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and Porsche Panamera. With prices slated to be well into six figures, and expected to hit showrooms in the second half of 2019, it won’t be long until we see a final production model hit showrooms.