The official reveal of the BMW 8-series Gran Coupe is almost upon us, but for the impatient among you, here’s an early look. These images were published on Bimmerpost, giving us our clearest look yet at the four-door version of the 8-series coupe.
It’s all the same stuff underneath as the two-door 8er, but the wheelbase has been stretched to make the rear part of the cabin a little more commodious. The roofline has been raised, too.
The rear shot crops out the badging so we don’t know for sure which model we’re looking at, but the lack of M badge by the side gill leads us to believe it’s not the M850i. There will definitely be a V8-powered range-topper, though - a Porsche Panamera Turbo-bothering M850i GC has been spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring multiple times.
In fact, the 8-series coupe/convertible engine line-up will almost certainly be carried over wholesale. That means along with the M850i there’ll be an 840i GC powered by a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo petrol and an 840d diesel using a derv unit of the same size. Eventually, a 592bhp M8 Gran Coupe should join the ranks, as previewed by the M8 GC concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last year.
Will the 8-series GC have the chops to take on the likes of the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CLS and Audi A7 Sportback? We’ll find out soon.