BMW has confirmed the 8 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe will go on sale next year.
One of our most eagerly anticipated new models of the year was the reborn BMW 8 Series, and it didn't disappoint. BMW's new grand tourer looks gorgeous from every angle. So far, only the Coupe variant has broken cover, but we know the BMW 8 Series will eventually be sold in several different body styles including a Convertible and Gran Coupe.
BMW hasn't officially revealed them yet but leaked patent images of both body styles have leaked online via Dutch site Auto Visie. A few patent images of both models emerged a few months ago, but these new images are much better quality and show the designs from every angle.
Unsurprisingly, the 8 Series looks stunning as a convertible, retaining the Coupe's athletic shape. As we saw in recent spy photos, the 8 Series Convertible will have a soft top instead of a folding hard top. Not only does this make the car more luxurious, it also saves weight. Being a convertible, it will still be heavier than its coupe counterpart and is expected to weigh in at least 4,400 lbs.
As for the four-door Gran Coupe, the patent images give us a clearer look at the design than previous spy shots, as we can now see the car's side air vents and rear ducktail spoiler. The 8 Series Gran Coupe was previewed earlier this year with the M8 Gran Coupe concept and it looks like the production model's design will be faithful to the concept, though the front and rear bumpers look less aggressive.
With room for four, the luxurious 8 Series Gran Coupe should be a formidable rival to the Porsche Panamera. Under the hood, expect both cars to use the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 as the Coupe, which produces 523 hp. BMW has confirmed the 8 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe will go on sale next year. More potent M8 versions are also coming, which could borrow the new M5's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing over 600 hp.