Adopting a similar design style with the current BMW 8-Series Coupe

The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe wrapped in minimal camouflage has recently been caught for the first time by a spy photographer’s camera on its public road test. What we can see from the exterior design is that the new 8 Series Gran Coupe has a more aggressive design featuring a new front bumper. According to our sources, the M850i variant is now equipped with larger brakes and it must be launched in the near future for both the U.S. and European markets.

In terms of design style, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe looks to adopt a slimmer exterior design combined with a wider front grille and slimmer new front fascia. It’s also like a stretched version of the BMW coupe model with a lower front bumper layout and a sharper design line. Looking from the side view, the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe is likely to adopt a similar design style to the BMW 8 Series Coupe like its fender vents for example.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Teaser Image
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Teaser Image

As for the overall dimensions, the new Gran Coupe variant (prototype version) is clearly longer from its counterpart and it’s now equipped with two more doors. But some spy shots show that it has a bumper and taillight design almost identical to the 8 Series Coupe. This new model also appears to have a more vertical design line without a thicker C-pillar.

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The German-based car manufacturers have released a teaser image of their New 8 Series Gran Coupe concept earlier this month. It became a final preview for the production version of the new Gran Coupe which will be introduced next month in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, there isn’t much we can see from this teaser image. BMW still seems to hide a lot of details with the teaser image. The only thing that is clearly visible is the roofline of the new Gran Coupe.

BMW 523-HP Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8 Engine
BMW 523-HP Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8 Engine

It’s Powered by a Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8 Engine

Although the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has a different design proportion, but this new model is far more handsome and comes with a hood design and front fascia that are identical to the coupe version. The spy photos actually show that the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe is like a new four-door sedan with longer dimensions and lower aerodynamics, but has a design style like a coupe.

Under its hood, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will most likely be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine paired to an ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic gearbox capable of cranks out up to 523 horsepower at 5,500 – 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 – 4,600 rpm. Basically this turbocharged V8 unit (N63B44TU3) is the same powertrain that you can find in the current BMW M850i and will still be available with an xDrive all-wheel drive configuration as standard equipment. BMW claims that it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. So the twin-turbo 4.4L V8 unit is quite powerful and reliable.

2019 BMW 8-Series Coupe Pictures
2019 BMW 8-Series Coupe Pictures

Pricing and Release Date

Speaking of its release date and pricing, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is scheduled to be officially revealed next month, precisely at the BMW Welt (World) event in Munich, Germany on June 25 – 27 2019. After that, the full production model of the new Gran Coupe V8 will go on sale this September both at U.S. and European dealers. So the scheduled release date is next month at the BMW Event, while the on-sale date is set for this September.

BMW hasn’t yet announced its official pricing details at this moment. However, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is expected to go on sale at U.S. dealerships at a price slightly lower than the current-generation 2019 BMW 8-Series Coupe which starts at the base MSRP of $112,895. Regardless of that, please look for the pricing details closer to its official on-sale date.

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