Porsche Panamera & Mercedes-Benz CLS Will Have A New Rival From BMW

BMW is testing the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe four-door version to market in mid-2019. It’ll follow a two-door coupe and a convertible.

When the model arrives, it will be a direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera. Car paparazzi shot the prototypes in scant camouflage.

 The 8-Series Gran Coupe will take the place of the old 6-Series Gran Coupe. The car inherits mechanical parts and underpinnings from the coupe of 8 series, but its wheelbase is extended and a roof line is higher.  It provides more space for passengers and luggage.

The car’s front and rear on the photos look identical to those of the coupe and convertible. It is still unknown whether the Gran Coupe has two or three rear seats.

As for other 8 series vehicles, the car maker offers for this version a diesel 320-hp 840d engine and a 539-hp M850i xDrive. Later a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 up to 608 hp will be available for the flagship M8 modification.

The BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe should debut in the first half of 2019 and go on sale by late fall. Its price will likely start from $100,700 (€88,756).

Source: Autocar

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