BMW will preview a four-door high-performance M-badged version of its forthcoming 8-series range in concept form at the Geneva auto show.
The company teased the car on social media with a picture showing the concept's extended coupe-like profile. The concept is expected to be badged M8.
BMW is reviving the 8 series name for a range-topping line as it focuses on profit-boosting, high-margin luxury cars.
The automaker showed a concept for an 8-series coupe last May. A coupe, convertible and the four-door, to be badged Gran Coupe, will make up the lineup. The coupe will go on sale late this year, followed by the convertible in early 2019, a BMW spokesman said.
The four-door is expected to arrive later next year and will look similar to the Geneva concept. "It will be pretty damn close," a source close to the company said.
The 8 series replaces the smaller 6 series and highlights how BMW is positioning itself further into the luxury segment to compete with cars such as the Porsche Panamera sedan and Bentley Continental GT coupe, as well as the Mercedes S class coupe.
The 8 series will be based on BMW's range-topping 7-series sedan. For the 8 series, BMW has cut weight by mixing lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum.