The kidney grille surround has a golden tint too, which gives the car an exclusive look
Design-wise, the Concept M8 Gran Coupe looks familiar, yet it’s gorgeous. It’s familiar because it sports many of the cues already seen on the new 8 Series coupe, and gorgeous because it blends the sleek, sexy lines of a two-door with the elegant stance of a full-size sedan.
Up front, we can see the same radiator grille kidneys from the 8 Series concept that broaden as they descend towards the bumper. They look closer to production on this concept though, having a sharper frame and design that’s very similar to what we see on the production models. The sporty headlamps extend close to the wheel arches and become slimmer toward the edges. This styling is also similar to the coupe concept, but it looks friendlier, and the LED lights behind the covers have a less aggressive design. The lights are tinted yellow, as seen on the M8 GTE race car, a feature borrowed from classic Le Mans racers. It’s a nice touch, but it won’t make it on the production models.
Interestingly enough for a concept, the sedan sports conventional side mirrors
The kidney grille surround has a golden tint too, which gives the car an exclusive look. The air intakes below are made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), a composite that BMW is using in production cars for a few years now, and are quite big. The side vents are almost as tall as the bumper, while the center intake is just as big as the kidney grille. I guess this is why the concept wears an “M” badge. Still, don’t expect the production car to look this menacing.
Move to the sides, and you’ll get a better glimpse of how this concept brings together the sleek features of the 8 Series Coupe and four-door configuration of the 7 Series. The coupe-style roof works great with the long wheelbase and the big wheels, but the roof sits a bit lower than it would on a production car. Interestingly enough for a concept, the sedan sports conventional side mirrors. On the flipside, there are no door handles, a sign that BMW didn’t want this concept to be that close to what we’ll get in dealerships later this year. Just like the front grille, the window trim is finished in gold. The same hue can be seen on the front fender inserts and on wheels, which also have an intricate twin-spoke “Y” design.