After a set of teaser and leaked images, BMW has finally taken wraps off the new 8 Series Concept today. Making its global debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the new 8 Series could enter production as early as next year.
The new 8 Series sports coupe has a long, sporty and aggressive profile with front and rear fascias aligning with the brand’s current design ethos. Though BMW currently calls the 8 Series Coupe as a design study, the product model is set to be ready for sale in 2018.
Not much about the new flagship luxury coupe is known. All BMW had to say was this – According to BMW Chairman Harald Krüger, “The forthcoming BMW 8-Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.”
From the images, it is clear that the new BMW 8 Series carries a sleek profile all around – be it the grille, the headlights, tail lights of the low profile, low slung design. Additionally, the design elements worth noticing are the sleek ORVMs, sculpted and wide bonnet, wider air dam in the front, large alloys, i8 styled tail lamps, dual exhaust, and loads of carbon fiber.
BMW 8 Series Coupe is said to be based on the 7 Series’ platform, so expect it to be packed up to its gills with tech and luxury. Powertrain lineup includes turbo’ed 3.0 liter six cylinder, 4.4 liter V8 or the immensely potent V12 Bi-Turbo petrol engine. The newest Beemer would serve as an upmarket replacement for 6 Series Coupe which was quietly put to rest recently. It will also go head on with the elegant Mercedes S Class Coupe.