BMW Concept 8 Series Coupe Unveiled
The wraps have come off of the BMW Concept 8 Series, a show car that points to a new range-topping 8 Series Coupe which will go on sale in some markets next year. Presented at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, this striking 2-door will play a pivotal role in helping BMW move closer towards its goal of significantly increasing its sales and revenues in the luxury class.
“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explains Harald Krüger, board chairman of BMW AG. “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.”
New take on the Ultimate Driving Machine
The design of the BMW Concept 8 Series provides a fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling cues,” noted Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design at the reveal. “It also showcases a new approach to the use of forms which is reflected particularly prominently in the car’s surfacing. A handful of crisp lines mark out clear surfaces, and the car’s volumes are powerfully sculpted. Together, these elements make a forceful statement and create a model brimming with character. In short, this is a driver’s car.”
There’s no question the Concept 8 Series is a visual stunner. Finished in Barcelona Grey Liquid–a custom bluish hue with iridescent pigments–the coupe sets off its sweeping profile with 21-inch alloy wheels. Up front, the elegantly edgy nose features a bolder take on the automaker’s twin-kidney grille with new slim-line laser LED headlamps and aggressive air intakes. Still, BMW did not offer any clue as to exactly what lies under its long hood. The aft quarters feature powerful wheel arches and a wide track that BMW says speak to the car’s rear-drive configuration which is framed by prominent L-shaped taillamps and the aggressive carbon fiber diffuser and trapezoidal tailpipes hint at the dynamic character we’ll see in production.
Inside, the individual elements flow into a cohesive design that melds definitive luxury with decided driver focus. Dark Brown and Merino White Merino leather wrap the carbon fiber shell-style sport seats while the flat-bottom steering wheel features red anodized shifter paddles. Carbon fiber and polished aluminum accents add interest while the faceted ground gearshift lever and the iDrive Controller are made from Swarovski glass with a smoke finish.
The 8 Series Coupe will be based on the same platform that underpins the current 5 Series and 7 Series and is expected to spawn both a Convertible and xDrive variations over time. Given its mid-2018 assembly startup, it seems likely the production version of the car will make its debut this September in Frankfurt.
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