BMW has reportedly stolen the show in Beijing by unveiling the Concept Gran Coupe, a sleek Porsche Panamera rival that may well be heading for the production line as the new 8 Series.

As its name suggests, the concept merges a GT car's exclusivety with the performance aesthetic of a four-door coupe. The premium manufacturer has highlighted the Concept Gran Coupe's design cues; long wheelbase, set-back cabin and coupe-style roofline, but what sets it apart from the current 5 and 7 Series is palpable good looks.

By sharpening the front end in the name of sportiness, the company' designers have at last managed to attach a properly handsome BMW shark's nose to the front of a four door car. Given the coupe proportions and the fact that the car sits 100mm lower than the 7 Series it's no surprise that the car has gone down a storm at the China show.

For now BMW remains tight-lipped about any production plans for the Concept Gran Coupe, but the introduction of a flagship 8 Series along the show car's lines are a logical step as the manufacturer requires a competitor to the forthcoming Audi A7 and Porsche's great, but not good looking Panamera.

But perhaps the best news is that BMW insists that the concept's thrusting good looks will filter through into the styling of many of its future model lines. That's good news for all of us.