Patent Drawings Reveal BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe And Convertible

BMW recently took the wraps off the all-new 8-Series Coupe and that caused a handful of artists to conjure up renderings of the upcoming Convertible and Gran Coupe variants.

Unfortunately, their work appears to be in vain as design registrations for the cars have been filed with the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property.

First noticed by Motor1, the images reveal the convertible will look virtually identical to the coupe but it will adopt a retractable soft top and a modified rear end. While the picture only shows the front of the car, previous spy photos have shown the model will echo the 6-Series Convertible and feature a two-piece rear deck which houses a trunk and another section to hold the roof when it is lowered. The third brake light will also be integrated into the car’s rear spoiler.

The picture of the 8-Series Gran Coupe is more interesting as we haven’t even seen prototypes of the model yet. The car was previewed by the M8 Gran Coupe concept and the image suggests the production model will have a modestly revised front fascia with horizontal elements in the air intakes. Of course, the biggest changes occur aft of the A-pillar as the Gran Coupe features an extended wheelbase and two rear doors.

A lot of the sporty styling seems to get lost in translation but the model will have a sloping roofline and a relatively compact greenhouse. However, the overall shape appears to remain pretty faithful to the original concept.

Engines should be shared with the 8-Series Coupe so we can expect a handful of petrol and diesel options. Choices should include a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel with 315 hp (235 kW / 320 PS) and 580 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. There should also be a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 petrol pumping out 523 hp (390 PS / 530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.

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  • Jay

    The rendering of the Gran coupe makes me not want to see the actual thing.

    • eb110americana

      Patent drawings are always like that. They are orthographic, meaning no vanishing point on the perspective–kind of like shooting through a really powerful telephoto lens where distance goes to -> ∞. It’s also on purpose, in combination with the flat gray finish and featureless wheel disks, so that the production model isn’t completely leaked by the patents.

    • Miknik

      it looks like a melted Kia Stinger….

  • EM1

    This is the second dumbest idea out of that country aside from Merkel.

    • Zandit75

      How so? It’s only mirroring what they offered with the 6 Series, Coupe, Convertible, and GranCoupe.

  • wintergraan

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the first real images of the gran coupe 🙂

    • Zandit75

      Same here. It will be like the 6 Series, and look much more in proportion than the standard Coupe.

  • Salih Ahzem

    So this confirms new 8 Seried is just the new 6 Series but named as such so BMW can sell it for close to what an S Class Coupe costs.

    • BruceWayne

      Yeah kind of, the price of the M850 is going to be between $170K-200K to compete with the likes of the S63 and Panamera Turbo….. in my opinion thats just crazy.
      Oh and the Gran coupe is just a bad idea, just stick with the coupe.

      Edit:
      And I’m saying the price of the fully loaded M850 is gonna be closer to $170K not the starting price

  • caddy45

    So… is the base 8 series GC going to be more expensive than the 7? Seems odd since the S-class is always the range topping sedan for MB?

  • Tinky-Winky

    These awful looking renderings compared to the just released 8-series give me hope that the z4 will also look a lot better than what we saw a few days ago in its patent documents.

  • Jim Ragland

    BMW just can’t leave well enough alone. I can see coupe and convertible, but stop with this four door coupe mess.

  • Rick Astley

    Front looks much better and cleaner without M-package.

  • enthusia
  • ZYGIUS

    Side profile copy-paste from Quattroporte???

    • lagunas3ca

      No

  • Rasta_Farian

    I hope it comes with those wheels 😉

  • botornot387

    These look horrible, and TBH on the gran coupe side, what is this supposed to compete with: AMG GT4? It prices itself out of CLS/A7 territory and mostly will cannibalize sales of the 7 Series.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Why does bmw do this when they know people can acess these images and leak them??

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