All rise! This here is the much-awaited successor to the vaunted BMW 8 Series and our spy has caught it at BMW’s development centre in Munich, Germany. Although this seems to be an early prototype, and the actual production car is only expected to show its face in 2018/19, when the mega Bimmer coupé arrives it will go head to head with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé and the Bentley Continental GT.
BMW previewed its two-door intentions with the knee-quiveringly gorgeous, Pininfarina-designed Gran Lusso concept in 2013. Even though the prototype is heavily camouflaged, some of the design details are just about discernible. The grille looks to be production ready, as do the exhausts, which are neatly integrated into the rear bumper.
Our spy tells us that it is a rather imposing car in the flesh with an expansive bonnet and a dramatically sloping roof line. It needs to look the part, because the segment that it will play in is characterised by excess.
Naturally, the cabin will deliver what one would expect in a car that’s going to be nudging Rolls-Royce Ghost territory when it comes to price.
A line-up of turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder engines should be available, with the top-banana model packing a 6.0-litre turbocharged V12 from the 760Li saloon.
The 8 Series will not be wanting in terms of power either, and since the 6 Series Gran Coupé already develops around 580 horsepower, a number in excess of 600bhp would not be unreasonable. Given the luxurious grand touring nature of the car, an eight-speed automatic gearbox will be employed likely with the satellite-aided ability — like the Rolls-Royce Wraith — to discern the right ratio depending on the road.
We can’t wait to see this one in the flesh.