Facelifted 2022 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe spotted

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These spy shots are our first look at the facelifted BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe – the German brand’s updated rival for the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS will be on sale with a new look next year.

Judging by the spy images, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is set to receive a new front bumper, revised headlamps and a tweaked rear diffuser. New tail lights are also expected, which carry the same U-shaped design signature as the 4 Series.

Inside, revisions should be limited to trim and upholstery finishes compared with the exterior refresh. It will stick with the same 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment system as the current car, though with an updated version of the iDrive software.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 6The current car’s engine line-up will also remain intact. At the entry-level, there’ll be a 250kW turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six in the 840i. Above that will be the 235kW 3.0-litre diesel in the 840d and, in the range-topping M850i, there’ll be 390kW 4.4-litre V8.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 4All three engines will come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, with the most powerful unit featuring four-wheel-drive as standard.

BMW 8 Series Gran CoupeThere’s no word yet on whether the 8 Series Gran Coupe will be available with any form of hybrid drive. The addition would certainly make the car a more well-rounded rival for the Porsche Panamera, but the packaging constraints of the sloping coupe body may make it difficult to squeeze in the extra technology.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 12Either way, BMW’s CLAR architecture (on which the 8 Series is based) is compatible with the firm’s latest plug-in hybrid technology. The 3.0-litre powertrain used in the X5 xDrive45e could be a potential candidate and would give the 8 Series an output of 290kW and 600Nm.

Luke Wilkinson

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