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RE: BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe: Geneva 2018

The car comes with six air bags anti-lock braking system dynamic stability control and electronic vehicle immobiliser among others

BMW says the concept auto "offers a look ahead to the most alluring and exotic variant of the new BMW 8 Series". Accordingly, BMW has brought with it to the Geneva Motor Show a new, extravagant, dramatically designed concept.

From a styling perspective, the M8 Grand Coupe looks just like other 8 Series concepts that BMW has released.

And the 8 Series' main rival is already waiting for the Bavarian model to arrive.

If you want concrete details on the final version of the new 8 Series Gran Coupe and its M8 equivalent, you've got a bit longer to wait - the final versions will be presented "during the course of 2019", at which point they will complete the new 8 Series family. Wider kidney grilles and flared air intakes make for an ultra-aggressive front end, a theme which continues throughout the design, culminating in a ducktail spoiler and quad exhausts at the rear of the auto.

Gone are the days of purist understatement in the global luxury market. The Geneva show vehicle still doesn't offer a lot of insight as to what might happen in the road-going version, but we gather that its carbonfibre roof panel, angry-looking LED light signatures and general swoopy shape will probably make it through to production.

Styled along four-door Gran Coupe lines in the same vein as the 4 Series Gran Coupe and 6 Series Gran Coupe, the i Vision Dynamics is capable of a 600 km operating range on a single charge, and performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of four seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h.

The long wheelbase of the concept is nearly dwarfed by the large features of the front fascia, meant to communicate a sense of performance, with the sleek line of the greenhouse skipping the flat plane roof of the 7-Series.

According to Senior VP of BMW Group Design Adrian van Hooydonk, "the BMW 8 Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance".