BMW Gran Coupe on video

Autocar has an unique video weblog of the BMW Gran Coupe coupe, a five-metre, four-door, coupe-like saloon that’s rumoured to be headed into manufacturing as a brand new 8-series flagship.

The Gran Coupe has been designed to fuse the skills of a GT and a sports activities automobile. It’s roof is 100mm not up to a present 7-series saloon, and its rear quarters moderately extra limited. As such, it’s anticipated to sire a right away manufacturing rival for the Maserati Quattroporte, Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera.

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“It’s true that the Gran Coupe issues to a particular style, a saloon with the presence and magnificence of a 7-series however a extra dynamic, sporty persona: a lot more of a driving force’s automobile,” says BMW design leader Adrian van Hooydonk. “We’re satisfied that we will have to make a automobile like this.”

The Gran Coupe’s manufacturing model will come alongside in 2012, in line with BMW insiders. Beneath it’ll use the similar ‘spine’ platform that underpins the present 5-series, 7-series and 5 GT. The automobile will be offering the similar mixture of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as the ones automobiles, and an eight-speed automated gearbox.

The Gran Coupe selections up at the paintings began 4 years in the past with the Thought CS display automobile, which gave the impression on the Shanghai motor display in 2007.

“All of us preferred the speculation of a extra dynamic flagship four-door again then,” explains van Hooydonk, “however we put the automobile ‘on ice’ whilst running on ‘Venture I’ [BMW’s new Megacity electric-only brand], which has been a larger prority.”

“Now we’ve had the chance to revisit the CS and replace it, and I believe everybody inside BMW is proud of the consequences.”

“We drew inspiration from vintage BMWs like the three.0 Csi. Our aim used to be to create a automobile with a definite persona: I’m hoping you’ll inform that it’s no longer a 7-series alternative. The Gran Coupe is far decrease, and a bit of wider than a 7, and has a a lot more fluid roofline.”

And can BMW deliver again the 8-series badge for the automobile? “It’s no longer my choice to make,” says van Hooydonk. “I don’t bring to mind this automobile as an 8-series, however our advertising and marketing division would possibly suppose in a different way. Both manner, their paintings is solely starting, and I do know that steadily it may possibly take longer than our design paintings!”

In addition to checking out the water for a BMW-built rival for the Audi A7, the Gran Coupe is meant to distill and pay attention BMW’s design values. As such, it’s more likely to have a far-reaching affect all the way through the styling of a lot of BMW’s long run style strains.

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