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BMW M8 concept car

by staff writer JP

BMW’s flagship model, the Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the 8 Series

Emphasising the car’s low centre of gravity, the front end is low to the road and broad in stance. As on early BMW coupes, the kidney elements are linked by an unbroken grille surround, creating a large single element.

The headlights are positioned higher than usual to further emphasise the car’s closeness to the asphalt. In contrast, the gold-coloured kidney surround brings an added air of exclusivity to the front end. Within the headlights, the lighting technology familiar from the M8 GTE endurance racer provides cues for its signature four lights. The brawny air intakes in carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic guide the air to where it is required.

Even when viewed from a distance, the proportions of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe radiate the car’s dynamic character. A long wheelbase, long bonnet, flowing roofline and short tail create an elegantly sporty coupe silhouette. The roof flows into the rear by means of elegantly sculpted fins. Lower down, the muscular flared wheel arches offer a visual expression of the power working through the rear axle.

"Symbolises a new and unique understanding of luxury"
Domagoj Dukec, Vice President Design BMW M and BMW i

Being every inch the BMW M car, the concept M8’s carbon roof lowers the car’s centre of gravity. Both visually and physically, the carbon elements are complimented by aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors. The Salève Vert paint finish, whose colour appears to change from green to greyish blue in different lights. The gold window graphic, M gills, rims and twin exhaust tailpipes give the car a head turning look.

The rear of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe creates visual impact with the wide track and flared wheel arches. Horizontal lines break up the rear end stylistically, allowing the area below the rear spoiler to catch more light. The prominent diffuser and two sets of familiar M twin exhaust tailpipes together send out a clear message of performance.

The striking exterior of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe combines the core values of BMW M with elegance and luxury to create a new and captivating form, and reveals a new and exciting facet of BMW M. The new model sees the BMW Group looking ahead to the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which will be presented during the course of 2019 and round off the BMW 8 Series family.