• Jan 22nd 2008 at 9:33AM
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Click the image above for a high-res gallery of the BMW CS Concept.

BMW will be joining the four-door "coupe" fray in 2010 when it launches its new flagship sedan, the Gran Turismo. Automotive News sat down with former M engineer, Gerhard Richter, who's been tasked with figuring out what design elements will be carried over from the CS Concept that debuted last year at the Shanghai auto show.

The Gran Turismo would slot in above the 7-series, being both longer and wider than BMW's largest sedan, and is likely to pack either a V8 or V12 powerplant. CSM Worldwide pegs production of around 15,000 units annually with a cost of around $150,000. That puts it in the same realm as Porsche's soon-to-be-released Panamera, Audi's rumored A7 and the Aston Martin Rapide, all of which will create a new class of high-priced, high-powered sedans that have yet to be proven in the marketplace.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL at the goggles comment.

      Really, do people think that monstrocity looks nice? If it had a GM badge instead of a BMW one you'd get a lot more haters.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW! Couldn't care. It's hard for me to get excited about a car I won't be able to afford! How many of these things do you expect to see on the street when it comes out....maybe 2-3 a year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "That puts it in the same realm as Porsche's soon-to-be-released Panamera, Audi's rumored A7 and the Aston Martin Rapide"

      No, that does NOT put it in the same realm as Audi's A7!

      Coz A7 will be the coupe version of A6. But this car is the coupe version of the future 7-Series, same as the relationship between S-Class and CL-Class.

      So that puts it in the same realm as Audi's A9, if there will be one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ k.w.a.


      Are you saying that the current 7-Ser is going to become the Grand Marquis of BMW? LOL!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's really interesting how the future paths of European auto companies are at odds with the direction in the USA (and also Japan's Honda).
      Something doesn't Jive here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait a minute..I'm confused! Now there's talk of how ugly the car is?! When the concept first came out way back when.........everybody wet their pants saying how beautiful the conceot was.
      I still think the design is nice but............. not in the way thay want to use it. From the beginning I thought the design should be used for the next 5er but really for bmws cls fighter that in my opion should only be slightly bigger then the 5 series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This had better be badass. Judging on appearance alone, one word comes to mind. GROTESQUE.

      No wait three words come to mind. Just finding it difficult at the moment to construct a single sentence with the words "grotesque" "gaudy" "gargoyle".
        • 7 Years Ago
        ^Because you have no taste.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Funny, I think the same things when I see a Corvette.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think the same thing, Mr. Oak.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Such an original name...
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW taking their cues from MB by letting Gangsta Rappers design their cars.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "pegs production of around 15,000 units annually with a cost of around $150,000".

      Is this a typo? Is there such a big market for a $150k car from one brand?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh yes. Why do you think so many Continental GTs have been sold? Because no other brand has vehicle within that 150k-200k niche. Sure, CL63 and S63 are around those prices but they're not that much different from their cheaper trim levels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ewww. bmw is making some real stinkers. Are they trying to out ugly the maybach?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The goggles! They do nothing!
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