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It has been highly suggested that BMW is working on a flagship coupe that will revive the 8 Series nameplate, and these spyshots of a prototype represent our first look at the upcoming model.

Said to be based on the current 7 Series, the 8 Series will likely be built on a modular platform, utilising carbon-fibre, magnesium, aluminium and steel in its construction to keep the kilos down, and feature the same top-end technologies found in the car it is based on. It will also look to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Lexus LC.

The close relation to the 7er could also see the 8 Series share powertrains with its sedan sibling, including an iPerformance plug-in hybrid option. AutoExpress previously reported that the German carmaker had applied for several trademarks – ‘825’, ‘830’, ‘835’, ‘845’, ‘850’, ‘M850’ and ‘M8’ – giving some indication what to expect under the hood.

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Much like the E31 8 Series which displaced the original E24 6 Series, the new car is expected to replace the current F13 6er as the company’s flagship grand tourer. The move could allow BMW to repurpose the next-gen 6 Series to be more performance-oriented and less GT, so it can potentially rival the Mercedes-AMG GT, with the smaller 4 Series (M4) tasked to take on the the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type.

As for the design, the prototype you see here bears some resemblance to the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe from 2013, as well as 2007’s CS concept, featuring a low sloping roof and muscular shoulders. A few obvious tweaks from the concept sees a less protruding hood, and a reshaped front lower apron. Expect a convertible version to follow after the coupe’s reveal.

Although wrapped in swirly camouflage, details like the kidney grille, 7 Series-like exhaust tips, headlamps and multi-spoke wheels are clear to see. Based on what we can see, there appears to be space for two passengers at the back, although it is difficult to tell just how much room will be given to rear occupants.