BMW Concept Gran Coupe revealed - previews 6-Series competitor for Mercedes CLS

BMW Concept Gran Coupe 23.04.2010
BMW Concept Gran Coupe 23.04.2010

BMW is showing off their latest design study, the BMW Concept Gran Coupe, at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in China.   The show will be open to the public through May 2.

At 1.4-meters high, the car is 10-cm shorter in height than the 5er and 7er sedan.  Current rumors suggest that the car is already approved for production and will be marketed as the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, a car which BMW does not directly compete against at this time.

Here, the car's "vaulted bonnet" blends well with the wide kidney-shaped grille.  The rounded rhombus-shaped headlights sit well above the bumper and create a sporty styling element.  This is accentuated by the split bumper with large air intakes with black mesh grille.

In back, the nearly five-meter long car has more conservative styling, with a somewhat short and squared bumper.  The car has a wide LED third brake light mounted above the glass, which matches the LED rear light clusters.  Quad tailpipes are set into the bumper as well.

The German automaker's latest concept is meant as an ideological follow-up to the Concept CS 2007, with BMW using the Gran Coupe to set the tone for the future of four-door coupes.  It has a longer wheelbase, which may be why it was debuted in China, and features design lines meant to draw your eyes to the front.

If the car does get the green light, look for it to maintain certain characteristics.  Specifically, the frameless windows and sporty styling at the front could very well make the cut, and show up on a production model.

Also rumored is a shooting brake variant which is currently being evaluated.  Look for the BMW Concept Gran Coupe to make its European debut in Paris this October.

Source: e90post.com

Elegance and dynamic performance at the first BMW Design Night in Beijing.

Munich. With an exclusive Design Night on the evening of the first press day at Auto China in Beijing (April 23rd to May 2nd 2010), BMW provides an in-depth insight into its design philosophy and development strategy. The program of the BMW Design Night is modular in structure and presents extensive background information on the premium automobile manufacturer's innovative design culture. In addition to highlighting the long versions of the BMW 5 Series developed specially for the Chinese market, the main focus is on an elegant 4-door vehicle with striking dynamic proportions: the BMW Concept Gran Coupé.

The concept study on display symbolises the outstanding design expertise of BMW. The BMW Concept Gran Coupé concentrates the fundamental values of the brand. Its body design authentically captures a sense of superior dynamic performance and high-quality elegance. The shaping style, which follows a coherent pattern down to the last detail, convincingly visualises BMW's philosophy as an automobile manufacturer. As with the Concept CS 2007, BMW once again sets new benchmarks in the design of 4-door coupes with a distinctive sporty character.

Based on a powerful tradition in this segment, the BMW Concept Gran Coupé carries the essence of brand values and the genes of BMW design into the future. The concept shows the classic features of all BMW coupes: the long wheelbase, the vaulted bonnet with forward-pointing lines, the set-back greenhouse, the flat silhouette, the coupe-style roof line and the short front overhang reflect the dynamic potential of the vehicle. The surface structures and the fact that the design quality is geared towards perfection illustrate the aspiration of the brand BMW to build 4-door high-performance coupes with the sportiest proportions and the most elegant design.

In the BMW Concept Gran Coupé, BMW presents the vision of a 4-door vehicle which combines the exclusivity of a Gran Turismo with the fascination of a high-performance sports car. The design of the concept study underscores the expertise of the brand BMW in the development of vehicles with a distinctive sporty character which offer space for more than two occupants. This reflects the particular quality of the BMW Group design philosophy, which consists in precisely and authentically translating the specific values of product substance into an aesthetically convincing shaping style. The design process is set through with a passion for aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance, precision and perfection. This is how the uncompromising premium aspiration of a BMW Group product, the unmistakable style of the brand BMW and the precisely defined character of each model are given concrete form.

The body design of the BMW Concept Gran Coupé expresses sporty flair in its ultimate form. The 4-door vehicle clearly signals the very highest level of dynamic performance with its extremely elegant, flat and coupe-like proportions. Stretching the entire length of the vehicle and therefore measuring almost 5 metres, flowing lines dominate the design, giving rise to outstanding aerodynamic levels, just as the low centre of gravity reflects an agile driving response.

The front section is defined by the BMW kidney grille characteristic of the brand - an icon of body design which is not just central but also a dominating element of front design. The kidney grille of the BMW Concept Gran Coupé has a flat appearance, with an asymmetrical side view which emphasises the close attention to detail. The central section with the kidney grille is formally separated from other BMW icons such as the headlights and air inlets. The clarity of the LED front lights highlights the vehicle's precision and premium aspirations. The air inlet runs back an extremely long way into the side section, making the front section appear particularly wide. All elements of the front section appear to merge to form a single, elegantly curved movement.

The sporty, flat silhouette provides an impressive body height of just under 1.40 metres. This makes the BMW Concept Gran Coupé up to 100 millimetres flatter than the BMW 5 Series or the BMW 7 Series Sedan. The roof line tapers off gently into the rear, thereby elongating the vehicle's proportions. The forward-tilted shark nose visually extends the bonnet and creates characteristic BMW proportions with its forward-pointing dynamism. This stretched character is also highlighted by the side lines, where there is a deliberate avoidance of the typical sill line. The flat proportions make the window graphics appear extremely narrow and dynamic at the same time. Another BMW design icon, the Hofmeister kink, is especially strikingly formed - additionally emphasising the exclusive character of the vehicle. The frameless doors give the BMW Concept Gran Coupé a modern character since the glass surfaces appear to merge seamlessly without being interrupted by columns.

At the rear, only design elements such as the lights and tailpipe trim appear to be visible at first sight. The entire rear section appears slimmer and lighter at the centre, though still exuding power and dynamic performance since the volume is reinforced towards the sides. The L-shaped light banks feature a slight, almost subtle curve and the entire design of the lines and surfaces highlights the vehicle's elegant overall appearance. The third brake light, positioned in the rear window, is also fitted with LED technology. It takes up the kink in the roof and illuminates the entire width of the rear window. The powerfully flared wheel arches above the rear axle highlight the particularly sporty character of the BMW Concept Gran Coupé.

Another highly sporty and also elegant feature is the rim concept in which the individual spokes extend deep into the centre of the rim towards the hub, giving the rim a striking three-dimensional quality. The spokes themselves are not solid but relief-milled, giving them a visual lightness.

The sculptural shaping style characteristic of the entire body design of the BMW Concept Gran Coupé permits a unique interaction between concave and convex surfaces. It also enables the light to be selectively reflected and channelled. Thus the exterior mirrors integrated in the window shaft appear very light, blending harmoniously into the side view since their shape assimilates the entire line styling. The BMW Concept Gran Coupé is a further development of the classic design of a notchback sedan in which the individual body sections merge harmoniously into a flat, elongated and at the same time dynamic overall image. The effect of this 4-door vehicle derives not just from specific highlights but from its overall appearance, which authentically reflects its character. The car's dynamic potential is embodied in its proportions and lines, signalling power but also elegance and forward thrust.

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Beemer89 Beemer89
this thing is no where close to bmw gran coupe. I really wished it was but the rear is as bad as panamera. I was waiting for this car for so long .... its such a disappointment. I dont know if its the color combination or interior itself but it just doesnt work for me, i saw the new 5er a6 and e class in a local event and i loved the bmw interior i mean you wudnt like the a6 at all and e is classy with a flat dash but my dad wud probably like not me. I hope the next gen a6 is good. Any ideas on when its launching? Any spy pics?
Jul 26th, 2010 9:00am
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D2010 D2010
Well from what I know THIS BEAST sits on a 7-series platform , Thats BIG , knowing that MERC doesnt have a coupe sitting on S- class platform ,and Audi is just cathcing up to game now with there A7 . these m*@#^'f--s are going mad ; Beamer has started alot of new platforms lately ,from the 1-series , to the 5-series GT and the X6 , so i would not be surprised to see this thing with a 8 or 9-series badge , which would be hella cool , So its built on a 7-series PLatform it has to be alongside the 7-series but with a higher name plate .!! WOW (.. 2 Flagships THATS A FIRST ..) But I guess thats why the Never produced a M7 , they were waiting for THIS BEAST ALL ALONG --- LOOK OUT MERC FANS - HERE WE COME :)
Apr 28th, 2010 3:26am
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automan automan
guess u need to wake with some mint ;) the CL from the Mercedes is based on the S class sedan where as the 6 series based on the 5 series and its got a way better performance over the 6 series ranging from the base model to the /////AMG :-)
Apr 28th, 2010 7:43pm
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automan automan
guess u need to wake with some mint ;) the CL from the Mercedes is based on the S class sedan where as the 6 series based on the 5 series and its got a way better performance over the 6 series ranging from the base model to the /////AMG :-)
Apr 28th, 2010 8:06pm
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automan automan
The CLS has got more elegance in it with its brilliant performance and the new 6series is no match for the cls. But i like the current 6 series :)
Apr 28th, 2010 1:42am
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Han Solo Han Solo
Gorgeous...simply stunning...I wanna see this on the road. The CLS doesn't stand a chance, neither does the watchamacallit Audi A7 or whatever A it maybe (besides they all look the same to me). But I also really really like the current 6 Series...it's just too damn sexy to be replaced.
Apr 27th, 2010 2:11pm
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trekkerbin trekkerbin
I love the design of the car, however it does really looked like a 4 door coupe. Maybe it's because of the propotionally large trunk space makes it looked more like a sedan than a CLS competitor.
Apr 27th, 2010 7:15am
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danteskov danteskov
BEAUTIFUL, STUNNING, LOVELY, GREAT, EXCITING, GORGEOUS... I love it! Please BMW make it, I'll the first in the queues to have one (M version obviously) =P
Apr 26th, 2010 8:57pm
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Decypha Decypha
It doesn't stir me; the back looks good, the side profile is great but something about that front-end leaves me cold. Hopefully I can see it in person, perhaps it is just the pictures that do it wrong. P.S. is there any reason why all the comments are now listed on different pages?
Apr 26th, 2010 6:30pm
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Amir000 Amir000
Merc, audi down? boom, this car cracked the whale looking cls! and the audi a7 grandpa car! I'm waiting for the M division, I've heard from a BMW employee in Bavaria, Germany.. that the new m6 will be produced for two reasons.. 1. It will be an R8 V10 KILLER! 2. To destroy any RS6 on the road. Co'mon guys.. merc has been loosing its touch since the big bribe we all heard about it. the only competition is audi now!
Apr 26th, 2010 3:03pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
m6 vs r8, are u stupid? two door super car versus a gt.....ahhh no, wat does the bmw employee do their??? is he a cleaner??? if ud said a new m1 i may have believed u
Apr 26th, 2010 6:19pm
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theyngturk theyngturk
Wow, magnificent. Definitely over the Mercedes CLS.
Apr 25th, 2010 10:19pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
i dont really see much of a change in the design direction to be honest and bmws are fast becoming anonymous looking things. Merc cls is a winner for me....
Apr 25th, 2010 7:53pm
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velsatis velsatis
It does look good but, its not much of a diference towards the 5-Series, so whats the point???? I which they would be a bit more bold and make a diferent looking car, just like Mercedes does with the E-Klass and the CLS, they are the same yet look totaly diferent
Apr 25th, 2010 5:32pm
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HommeStar HommeStar
Absolutely gorgeous.. I'd buy one without a second thought. The new grille design is superb. Thank heavens someone figured out how to alter it for the better...or the amazing! The side profile..head/fog lamps and all of the other clean details are just wonderful. I'm heavily salivating. Welcome back BMW!
Apr 25th, 2010 3:39am
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looking very much like an old man's car . no bite at all unlike the Z4s provocative lines. also...how come this car is classified as coupe when it has four-doors ? coupes by definition are fixed roof cars with two doors only .
Apr 25th, 2010 3:26am
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trevtremaine trevtremaine
This just begs the question as to why the 5GT exists...did some exec suddenly realise they had an Aztec with the 5GT and is attempting to save his butt by introducing this?! I have to say the CLS looks best and the Passat CC is an alternate to this design.
Apr 25th, 2010 2:05am
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
i still would prefer them to build the CS concept over this, but this is not bad at all.
Apr 24th, 2010 10:43pm
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alf alf
would have looked better as the new 5er, to me the whole 4 door coupe thing is an oxymoron. coupes should have 2 doors full stop.
Apr 24th, 2010 8:54pm
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v6s_stink v6s_stink
The Grand Canyon is in danger of becoming the world's second biggest rut.
Apr 24th, 2010 7:47pm
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997-GT500-STI 997-GT500-STI
Nice Beemer, but i'd take the CLS anyday!
Apr 24th, 2010 12:58pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
I like it i think it looks a lot better than the current born 5, but BMW are starting to do an audi and make all their cars look the same...
Apr 24th, 2010 11:32am
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DrPlacebo DrPlacebo
This looks like a huge 3 coupe rather than a 6 as they are now. I liked the Bangle 6, but if this is where they're going with it WOW. I wish they'd stop calling these things 4 door coupes though. It's distracting from what it is: a beautiful car. For the record though, the CLS deserves more regard than it's getting right now.
Apr 24th, 2010 10:25am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Why did they have to make a rapide ugly by putting the pigs snout and a big bottom on it?
Apr 24th, 2010 9:33am
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