The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe being
shown at the Geneva Motor Show illustrates the meaning behind the letter “M” at
BMW in impressive style: it stands for “more”, more of everything. As well as
dynamic excellence, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe embodies a new facet of
luxury for the BMW brand – ultra-sporty, extrovert and polarising.
The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
is more than simply a luxury sports car with four doors. Like the BMW Concept 8
Series before it, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe shows off BMW’s new design
language, headlined by expressive surfacing that accentuates the car’s dynamism
more vividly than before through its bodywork. A small number of precise
character lines underline the graphic arrangement of the surfaces.
Low to the road and broad
instance, the eye-catching front end of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe delivers
an immediate promise of an exceptional performance experience. The muscular surfaces
and precise contours of the bonnet hint at the driving capability bubbling
intently under the skin.
The face of the new BMW 8
Series is evident in the new Concept’s front-end graphic. The contours of the
radiator grille kidneys broaden as they descend towards the road, emphasising
the car’s low centre of gravity. As on early BMW coupes, the kidney elements
are linked by an unbroken grille surround, creating a large single element. The
headlights are positioned slightly higher than the kidneys and give them the
impression of sitting lower, which further emphasizes 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 a dynamic, hexagonal
interpretation of BMW’s signature four-eyed front end, distilling elements of
modern-day motor sport and luxurious quality into its inner details. Meanwhile,
brawny air intakes in carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) guide the air to
where it is required.
Being every inch the BMW M
car, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe has a roof made from CFRP – which lowers the
car’s centre of gravity both visually and physically – and aerodynamically
optimised exterior mirrors.The Salève Vert paint finish, whose colour appears
to change from green to greyish blue in different lights, creates a hugely
effective surface composition and teams up with the gold-coloured window
graphic, hallmark M gills, gold coloured brakes, wheel rims and M twin exhaust
tailpipes to give the car a head turning, all-new look.
The wide track and flared
wheel arches hint at the car’s performance capability. Horizontal lines break
up the rear end stylistically, allowing the area below the rear spoiler to
catch more light and adding extra visual agility. At the outer edges, the slim,
sculpted rear lights with black glass covers underscore the car’s wide stance
on the road. Below them, the bumper picks up the front apron’s dynamic theme. The
prominent diffuser and two sets of familiar M twin exhaust tailpipes together
send out a clear message of absolute performance.
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