BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

This is what BMW had promised for us at the Shanghai Motor Show. Before this, people were saying it was going to be the successor to the special Z8 supercar called the Z9, but apparently not so. Instead, BMW shows us that it too can play at the whole coupe-roofline 4-door GT sedan just like the others. What others? Why, the Porsche Panamera, the Maserati Quattroporte and the Aston Martin Rapide of course. It is called the BMW Concept CS, not to be confused with the Concept CS1 shown quite some time ago, which was a completely different animal altogether.

Chris Bangle applies his classic flame surfacing design cues once again, creating a lovely play of shadows on what seems like a normal curved body panels. The classic kidney grille nose design carries a very wide nose look found on the Z4 rather than the more conventionally sized one on the 6-series, making this look like the result of the 7-series and the Z4 mating together.

Just so you know, there’s currently a conflict of opinion on what this will be called – some say an 8-series, and some say the 6-series facelift will come in configurations, the classic 2-door and a new 4-door coupe. I’d say the prior is more likely, the number 8 is always a hit with the Chinese businessmen anyway ;)

At 5.1 meters long, it is slightly shorter than the BMW 7-Series Long Wheelbase’s 5.17 meters length, and is definitely longer than the normal wheelbase 7-Series. The interior seats four people with four individual sports seats, with the driver enjoying a driver-oriented cockpit.

More photos after the jump.

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai

BMW CS Concept at Shanghai