BMW M850i Coupe and Concept M8 Gran Coupe: BMW’s Flagship Coupe Hits the US

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe and 840i xDrive

BMW’s flagship coupe is back.

BMW used the backdrop of the infamous Pebble Beach Golf Course during Monterey Car Week to pull back the wraps off of the Concept M8 Gran Coupe, M850i xDrive Coupe, and the all-new Z4 M40i roadster. Three cars designed to keep things spicy for BMW fans.

BMW’s new flagship 8 Series will come in three shapes – Coupe, Gran Coupe and Cabrio. Taking the stage today was the first in a new line 8 Series models is the M850i xDrive Coupe. The new 8 Series also shows off the Brand’s design language going forward.

The M850i is outfitted with the latest TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. This 4.4-liter eight-cylinder engine is the latest-generation of the twin-turbocharged V8, featuring twin-scroll turbos with charge air cooling that generates 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. All these numbers propel the M850i Coupe from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe

How about that concept?

The wide-bodied concept car rests on 21-inch wheels encapsulated by bespoke bumpers, flares, and sill profiles that give this sporty, yet elegant sedan a sleek and ferocious look. At the fore and aft, the M8 Gran Coupe has three-pronged lower air intakes and four fat tailpipes finished in gold.

Presenting the Gran Coupe’s finer points was Vice President of Design, Domagoj Dukec, who is in charge of BMW’s i and M sub-brands.

“This car stands for a new type of performance-oriented luxury,” explains Dukec. “The warm yellow headlamps are an emotive antithesis to the cold white LEDs with their piercing blue ultra-intensity. The chromaflair paint demonstrates what our individual division is capable of. And the brightwork that isn’t really bright anymore replaces overt bling with a subtle touch of high-quality craftsmanship. Every little detail on this car is like a sculpture, a 3D object, a piece of understated jewelry.”

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
Vice President of Design, Domagoj Dukec goes over the design details

No specs…yet

Official specs for the Concept M8 Gran Coupe weren’t available but we do know the 2019 BMW M850i Coupe gets a new BMW TwinPower turbocharged V8 engine that is good for 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.

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