BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe a Low and Mean, Greenish-Gray Flagship Machine

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe was just unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. With broad shoulders and low-slung proportions, it gives a strong indication of what the Bavarian brand’s super-sporty new flagship model will look like.

This luxury four-door sports car is dressed in expressive design. With a long wheelbase and hood as well as a flowing roofline and short backend, it’s blessed with boldly elegant coupe proportions. The Concept M8 Gran Coupe’s wide track and heavily tapered shoulders also make it appear even more athletic.

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The twin-kidney radiator grilles broaden near the bottom, a bit of visual trickery that makes the car look lower, which in turn gives it a road-hugging appearance. Designers exercised unexpected restraint; there are few character lines to clutter the overall appearance.

An unbroken surround frames those grilles and is gold-hued, a color choice that’s continued on other parts of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe including its brakes, wheels and sporty twin exhaust tips.

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Flanking those iconic twin kidneys are headlamps that are mounted slightly higher than expected, to further emphasize the car’s overall lowness. Four forward lighting elements should turn darkness into daylight, another classic BMW design element.

Saving weight without sacrificing strength, various air intakes are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.

Grabbing your attention, even on the auto-show floor where extravagant visuals constantly bombard you, this car is dressed in a paint color called Salève Vert, which appears to vary between green and grayish blue depending on lighting conditions, something that helps to further accentuate its surface contouring.

As for this vehicle’s powertrain, nothing about it was even hinted at in the press materials released by BMW, meaning your guess is as good as ours as to what will be lurking underhood.

Production versions of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe will be released during the course of 2019, so stay tuned for their official introductions. Until then, drink in this concept car as it strongly indicates what the production models will look like.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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