BMW’s final model in its new 8 Series range has been caught on camera again, this time during winter testing. The flagship BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe saloon will face the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS when it arrives later this year.
These latest spy shots follow our recent images of the Gran Coupe undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. This cold-weather mule is less heavily camouflaged than its track-tested predecessor, giving us a better idea of what to expect from the production model.
The Gran Coupe will sit at the top of BMW’s 8 Series lineup and will be the largest model in the range. The wheelbase and body have clearly been extended compared to the 2-door coupe and convertible variants, allowing for the rear doors and larger rear seats to be fitted. The added space will mean much improved space inside, especially for back seat passengers.
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 engine, while the flagship petrol version will use a 530bhp 4.4-litre V8. Both will have an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive to get the power to the road.
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 expected to rise beyond 625bhp, giving it a fighting chance of success in the performance 4-door GT car market.
Keen to find out more? Read our BMW 8 Series prototype review right here…