The recently unveiled BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe was displayed this weekend at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy. The annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event is hosted by BMW Classic and along with many beautiful classic cars, it also allocates time and space to automakers to display their latest concepts.
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BMW Motorrad introduced this year an all-new bike, the Concept 9cento, while the car division decided to show visitors the exciting Concept M8 Gran Coupe which was unveiled this Spring at the Geneva Motor Show.
BMW says the concept car “offers a look ahead to the most alluring and exotic variant of the new BMW 8 Series.” With its long hood, sleek roofline, powerful haunches, and raised up trunk spoiler, the Concept M8 Gran Coupe certainly looks the part. This car, moreover, represents “a new facet of luxury: extremely sporty, extravagant and polarizing,” according to BMW chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk.
The M treatment adds M-typical elements such as large wheels, massive air intakes, widened fenders, a carbon-fiber roof, a prominent rear spoiler, and four exhaust pipes. The kidney grille, the wheels, and the exhaust tips are finished in rose gold, a material that represent the epitome of luxury. The M8 Gran Coupe is painted in a blue-green called Salève Vert, after the name of a mountain above Geneva.
When it arrives in 2019, we can expect an engine output of over 600 hp for the BMW M8 family, along with the M xDrive all-wheel drive which should offer a standard sprint of less than three seconds.