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 |  May 11 2010, 11:40 AM

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BMW has released new images of the Concept Gran Coupe in its development stages, sparking speculation over whether the vehicle will return as the reincarnation of the famous 8-series luxury coupe.

With a whole new segment of luxurious, 4-door coupes opening up, BMW is eager to get a slice of the action and take on rivals like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte and the upcoming Audi A7. The 8-Series would share a platform with the 5-Series and 7-Series, as well as the familiar lineup of six and eight cylinder engines. British magazine Autocar also reports that the car will set the course for BMW’s future styling direction, as marks an evolution from the radical “Bangle era” into a design language that features long, low and wide proportions,  short overhangs and frameless doors.

Gallery: BMW Gran Coupe Development Photos

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[Source: Autocar]

 |  Apr 26 2010, 6:47 PM

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BMW will bring its Gran Coupe concept to life, its first foray into the “four door coupe” segment currently en vouge with German manufacturers.

BMW has yet to decide on a name for the car (“…we don’t know what to call it yet,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s head of design), but the revival of the famous 8-series nameplate is a possibility. The concept indicates that the design of the Gran Coupe is almost finalized, and the dashing looks will carry an appropriately premium price tag as well.

While BMW has made a big effort to promote their MegaCity electric car project, the Gran Coupe represents a 180 degree shift away from a small, eco-friendly urban vehicle, as BMW looks for a flagship to join the 6-series two-door coupe and the 7-series luxury sedan.

[Source: Car and Driver]