2020 BMW 8 Series And M850i Gran Coupes Peel Off Their Face Masks

Update 1/30/2019: After spotting the base 8 Series near BMW’s headquarters in Munich, we’ve photographed the twin-turbocharged V8 M850i xDrive in Scandinavia. As with the regular coupe, the GC version of the M850i is distinguished on the outside by model-specific elements like the beefier bumpers, bigger wheels and darker chrome trim. 

The current-generation BMW 8 Series will have more members than ever – and we’re not talking about engine variants only, but about bodystyles too.

Besides the already-unveiled coupe (G14) and convertible (G15) models, the 8 Series will also spawn a Gran Coupe body style (G16). To top it all off, the 8 Series Coupe and 8 Series Gran Coupe will also be available with the range-topping M8 treatment. Now, we’ve already seen spy photos of the four-door coupe but this latest set is the most revealing yet.

Whereas in previous sightings the car was almost completely camouflaged, it has now shed the disguise from the A-pillars all the way to the nose. The spy photos here show both the base and the higher-performance M850i xDrive, with the latter spotted during cold weather testing in Scandinavia.

In fairness, we didn’t expect the 8 Series Gran Coupe would feature a different snout than its two-door siblings and the photos prove we weren’t wrong. The headlights and kidney grille are identical but the bumper does feature a different design with a much longer lower grille.

The rest of the car remains camouflaged but the contours of the bodywork are visible. The muscular rear haunches and the sculpted trunk lid are the most obvious. As for the interior, expect it to offer more passenger space thanks to the added cabin length and hopefully more headroom than the two-door coupe.

Targeting the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, among other models, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will share the same powertrains with the rest of the lineup. Expect it to launch in M850i xDrive and 840d xDrive guises with a 523hp (530PS) 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and 315hp (320PS) 3.0-liter turbo diesel straight-six, respectively.

Later on, the top-dog M8 will arrive with an uprated twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine making more than 592 hp (600 PS), hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the M xDrive AWD system with a 2WD mode. The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will debut sometime next year as a 2020 model.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • TB

    Hmm…so does this mean bye-bye 6 Series?

    • nastinupe


      • StrangerGP

        And hello to (much) higher prices of the 8 Series.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Minus the GT.

  • nastinupe

    Hey… I have an idea of how we can make more money. Let’s stop selling the 6 Series and rebadge it an 8 Series and charge $40,000 more for basically the same vehicle. We’ll just throw a little more chrome and suede in the cabin and they will buy it!

    • donald seymour

      Well, it’s on the 7series platform.

  • Daniela Wolf

    125 700€ without anything

    It’s way too cheap.!

  • cbATL

    First – this has the profile of a Buick Regal, but probably costs $60K more in retail. Second, Cheese n’ f’en Rice, BMW is supposed to be a luxury brand – not Toyota. You don’t need 30 different models.

  • NoSnarkHere

    Finally a worthy successor to the E38 7 series.

    • PK

      tbh. do we even take the 7 series seriously in bmw’s lineup? i know it’s their flagship model and all but it doesn’t live up to the hype as it should be.

      • Bo Hanan

        After the E38 the 7-Series cars that followed were overdone messes.

        • PK

          the g11 7 series will get a facelift with same tech as the 8 series but that tech should’ve came the moment they debut the g11. i mean what kind of a strategy is that? no wonder why the s class outsells the 7 series.

    • Cobrajet

      funny joke there, it made me laugh.

  • Cool guy

    bavarian monkey works

  • Carenthusiast

    Hofmeister kink here reminds me of Maserati Q’porte….. And not sure why this isn’t a hatchback like 4er G’coupe or A7 etc to offer some versatility. Missed opportunity I reckon

  • Ilbirs

    The coupe is gorgeous. This Grand Coupe not as much, but I see that the ones who designed it cared more about functionality than what is seen on the 6 Grand Coupe.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      If they sell it in this non-M guise, it will flop

  • Bo Hanan

    “2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Peels Off Its Face Mask”
    -because it’s face is so different from the 2 door coupes face…….

  • Yishay

    Horrible. Looks nothing like the concept

  • Cobrajet

    It doesn’t look elegant, very cheap looking.

  • leroy

    bmw, can you at least try to be bmw?

  • Fabián Montiel

    Hopefully the M8 Gran Coupe will look like the concept, because the standard versions are meh.

  • Yishay

    Strayed too far from the concept. The back half needs a lot of work. I mean a lot.

  • MultiKdizzle

    The coupe has a far better profile.

    As is nearly always the case.

  • Matt

    You put lumpy, surface-hiding cladding on any car and take pictures of it on a dull day it’s not going to look incredible, is it?

  • Navy Pier Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Looks good! It def’ looks better than the new Mercedes-Benz CLS!

    • Bob

      Which is the conundrum here as the CLS is an E-Class level car, and not at all the S-Class level car the 8 series claims to compete against.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        Being named CLS, it is a four dooor S coupé, otherwise it would be CLE.

        • Bob

          Oh yes, because the CLS runs on the S-Class platform and not the E’s.

          • Matteo Tommasi

            S, E and C class have the same platform, as 7, 5 and next 3 series. Also, this 8 series wheelbase is the same as the new 5. This is a CLS rival 100%

          • Bob

            This is the conundrum. The 8 series is a thinly veiled replacement for the 6 series. The 6 series never competed against S-Class level cars, it was based off the 5 series and was the coupe version of that in the same vein as the 4 for the 3 today.

            So much as it’s the new 6, since they intend to compete with the S-Class coupe with the 8 series coupe, the pricing now reflects that and the pricing shows that it isn’t in the same class as the CLS.

            Also, CLS stands for Coupe Leicht Sportlich. The S in S-Class stands for Sonder which means special. The CLS really isn’t the 4 door coupe version of the S-Class coupe and that is the point.

        • Mike anonymous

          @TheOtherRobert:disqus , @disqus_Eh4hmh0SfF:disqus , I am not going to agree or disagree with either of you, but I just wanted to put in that I think the CLS as lost it’s place in the MB line up that it once had. Originally when the vehicle was first introduced back in the mid-2000s’ it was actually placed to sit above the S-Class. When the last-gen S-Class was revealed, It then was actually on the level of the S-Class and sat as the coupe alternative to it, until the 2014 S-Class was revealed.

          Since 2014 MB put it on the ‘back burner’ and it simply has not been the same. But originally it was intended to be their top of the line MB (as it came out back when Most Mercedes models still had the triangle tail-lights.).

  • Vangelis Goulis

    The coupe seems too busy to me. This is somewhat calming to the eye

  • Philip George

    Panamera still looks better. Terrible shame AMG and BMW had all the time in the world and still put out cars that look nowhere as well designed or sexy as Panamera. The hips on the rear of this 8er grand coupe looks so weak and why does the car have a boot lid when it should be a hatchback-fastback.

    • Thando_Gqabaza

      Sorry I disagree. There’s no way a humpback whale Panamera looks better than this

  • Mike anonymous

    It’s not bad at all, but I really wanted this.


    What we’re getting (opposed to this) seems more like “6-Series Replacement” than “8 Series Return”. The slight changes in design are ‘slight’, but they really (Imo) make all the difference.

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