Last month, BMWs R&D Chief Klaus Draeger confirmed that the Gran Coupe concept introduced at the Beijing Motor Show will most likely get an 8-series badge. The four-door coupe is supposed to come in production in 2012, and become a rival to the Mercedes CLS-Class, Audi A7, Aston Martin Rapide, and Porsche Panamera.
The production version will share platform with the 5-series, 5 GT, and 7-series. It'll feature long wheelbase, coupe-style roof-line, vaulted hood, short front overhang, shark nose, and low silhouette. Klaus Draeger noted that the car will be a concentration of the BMWs trademark design language. Thus, it will surely have a far-reaching influence on the styling of the future models of the German automaker. In terms of technology and pricing, the car will be positioned alongside the 6-series. The engine range will include the six- and eight-cylinder diesel and petrol engines that now power the platform-sisters of the upcoming coupe. A hybrid version of the car is also possible, considering the powertrain architecture that will be used.
The new car will be the first non M-series vehicle built by the performance division of the company. According to Herr Willisch, the BMW M President, the upcoming car has no resemblance to any other vehicles built by BMW AG, which is why the project was given to BMW M.