Now the car has a launch date , 1 year from the launch of the new BMW 7er, in late 2016 , BMW will resurrect the 8er starting with a Coupe and a Cabrio and Gran Coupe in mid-late 2017. The new 8er will be based on the incoming G11 7er lightweight model.
The decision is taken because the new 7er makes the car possible aswell as highly profitable.
Although the Gran Lusso is a conceptual look at a an 8er it will not be a complete carry over of the Gran Lusso it will use some its design elements that also showcase the next 7er including the dynamic tapered roof line. Proportions , short overhangs at the rear with longer at the front and its upmarket presence. Final design work is underway.
Potential engines include the V8 , V12 and a more powerful incarnation of the Tri-Turbo diesel.
The internal brief is for a car that reminisces of the sporting luxury of a BMW Coupe such as the E9 CSL and the 3200CS. But also gives the BMW customer further options before a Rolls-Royce or another luxury coupe.