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BMW Top “M” Engineer In Charge Of The CS Project

Interesting | January 23rd, 2008 by 4

BMW has placed Gerhard Richter in charge of development of its new Gran Turismo model, which is based on the popular CS concept car. Richter …

BMW CS Concept

BMW has placed Gerhard Richter in charge of development of its new Gran Turismo model, which is based on the popular CS concept car. Richter has worked on BMW's high-performance "M" cars since 1982.

His mission — to make the CS a production reality, says Automotive News Europe. While his past work has focused on performance only, this project will involved a careful fusion of "M" characteristics with above-7-Series luxury.

While there have been rumors the car might be called 8-Series, BMW's CEO Norbert Reithofer has referred to the vehicle as the Gran Turismo. Regardless of its name, the so-called four-door-coupe will be longer, wider, lower, and more expensive than the next-generation 7-Series luxury sedan on which it is based.

Leftlane sources say production will begin in summer or fall of 2011. Marketed as a 2012 model, the vehicle is likely to be first shown to the public at a major auto show in roughly three years.

Supplier sources indicate that reverse-hinged rear "suicide doors" are being studied for use on the production model, even though the concept car did not have this feature. Engines are expected to match the next-gen 7-Series.

Pricing will be considerably higher than the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, but lower than the Aston Martin Rapide. The Gran Turismo's nearest competitor might end up being the Porsche Panamera.

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