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BMW debuts Concept M8 Gran Coupe to tease the future

BMW debuts Concept M8 Gran Cou...
The theme for the unveil was green ice, as the dark jade M8 was uncovered
The theme for the unveil was green ice, as the dark jade M8 was uncovered
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A fastback-styled rear with a pronounced aero lip defines the rear of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept
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A fastback-styled rear with a pronounced aero lip defines the rear of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept
Defined edges with strong air handling notes are also part of the design language of the M8 Gran Coupe concept
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Defined edges with strong air handling notes are also part of the design language of the M8 Gran Coupe concept
The dark jade green paint is offset by the blue ice beneath for the presentation of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe
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The dark jade green paint is offset by the blue ice beneath for the presentation of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe
The colors of the cracked ice floor surface are reflected in the deep jade paintwork of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept
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The colors of the cracked ice floor surface are reflected in the deep jade paintwork of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept
A clear coupe-styled profile marks the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept being shown in Geneva
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A clear coupe-styled profile marks the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept being shown in Geneva
The flowing lines of the bodywork play from the fenders and bonnet that push the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept forward
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The flowing lines of the bodywork play from the fenders and bonnet that push the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept forward
The theme for the unveil was green ice, as the dark jade M8 was uncovered
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The theme for the unveil was green ice, as the dark jade M8 was uncovered
The BMW kidney grille is sharpened at the edges in a kind of Eye of Horus shape
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The BMW kidney grille is sharpened at the edges in a kind of Eye of Horus shape
From the front, the clear hood lines and definitive shape of the grille is easily seen on the BMW M8 Gran Coupe
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From the front, the clear hood lines and definitive shape of the grille is easily seen on the BMW M8 Gran Coupe
The large wheels and thin tire to well gap is pronounced by the high cut of the vehicle's wheel wells 
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The large wheels and thin tire to well gap is pronounced by the high cut of the vehicle's wheel wells 
For promotion, BMW showcased the M8 Gran Coupe concept in ice-inspired imagery with dynamic poses
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For promotion, BMW showcased the M8 Gran Coupe concept in ice-inspired imagery with dynamic poses
Snow is used to create dramatic movement for the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept in this promotional still
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Snow is used to create dramatic movement for the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept in this promotional still
Here, the color of the car and its stylistic design can be seen clearly in a plain background image of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept
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Here, the color of the car and its stylistic design can be seen clearly in a plain background image of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept
The clean profile of the M8 Gran Coupe creates a classic, derivative design for the car as a whole
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The clean profile of the M8 Gran Coupe creates a classic, derivative design for the car as a whole
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A very production-ready-appearing concept vehicle was unveiled in Geneva as BMW heralded its styling for upcoming generations of automobiles. The German automaker revealed the M8 Gran Coupe as a four-door fastback with a next-generation style for the brand.

The theme for the unveil was green ice, as the dark jade M8 was uncovered. The signature kidney grille remains, though sharper corners create a more Eye of Horus appearance for the shape. Beneath the grille, a thin bumper and a large intake scoop are observed with the whole flanked by sharp headlamps which complement the grille work.

Lines on the hood above the grille are well-defined and run back in tandem over either fender in pairs, sharply defining the hood's shape. A roll from those down to the fenders creates the dynamic front end while the raked windscreen and the GT cut through the center of the roof make for a forward-leaning motion.

Body lines are more defined than we've seen from BMW in current-generation cars, marking a future return to more definition and fewer flat surfaces. At the rear, fenders are heavier to denote muscle for the car, while the fastback roof is accented by a squared pillar with a vertical greenhouse cut. A light spoiler lip on the deck finishes the appeal over tail lamps that mimic the headlamps' form.

Defined edges with strong air handling notes are also part of the design language of the M8 Gran Coupe concept
Defined edges with strong air handling notes are also part of the design language of the M8 Gran Coupe concept

The wheels of the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe are large and well-designed, clad in rubber that leaves only a thin space between wheel and well. BMW promises great things for this concept vehicle.

"The BMW 8 Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8 Series."

The BMW M8 Gran Coupe follows the 8 Series coupe unveiled last year.

Source: BMW

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