The big four-door BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has the Porsche Panamera in it sights
The final piece of the new BMW 8 Series range has been caught on camera – the flagship Gran Coupe. The large four-door will face the like of the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS when it arrives next year.
Images of the Gran Coupe testing at the Nurburgring follow the completely undisguised shots of the 8 Series Convertible obtained by Auto Express last month. On this occasion the four-door prototype is fully disguised but the images give us a good idea of what to expect.
• New BMW 8 Series Coupe revealed
The Gran Coupe will sit at the top of the 8 Series line-up and will be the largest model in the range; the wheelbase and body have clearly been extended over the coupe and convertible variants to allow rear doors to be fitted. That longer body will mean much improved space inside for those sitting in the rear.
BMW bosses have already confirmed that engines will be shared across the 8 Series range. That means two Gran Coupe models will be offered: the 840d and M850i.
The diesel will be the cheaper of the two and powered by a 320bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, while the flagship petrol version will use a 530bhp 4.4-litre V8. Both will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
Later down the line BMW will also introduce a M8 Gran Coupe aimed at taking on the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door. Power from that model’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 is expect to rise beyond 625bhp.
Read our BMW 8 Series prototype review right here…