Something to ease the wait until Friday's reveal of a namesake concept.
It was in 1999 after a decade-long production run of roughly 31,000 units when the 8 Series was put out to pasture. Thankfully, BMW has decided to bring it back following years and years of speculations. The launch date is set for 2018, but we are just a few days away from the official reveal of what will likely be a near-production concept. Using as foundation the teaser image released a couple of weeks ago and the most recent spy shots, the talented artist Jan Peisert has decided to see into the imminent future of the namesake concept.
Likely set to act as BMW’s flagship model, the reborn 8 Series might take inspiration from the sexy Gran Lusso concept shown four years ago at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. That’s the same place where the new concept will make its debut, so that might be a sign there will be a connection between the two showcars especially since the teaser is showing a somewhat similar silhouette.
The photoshop master has also envisioned a potential M8, which might actually happen further down the line considering the Bavarians have trademarked everything from M1 CS to M8 CS. As you may recall, the original 8 Series almost received the full-on M treatment, with an M8 prototype actually being built, but ultimately plans for a road-going model were terminated because BMW was afraid there wouldn’t have been a market big enough for it. Times have changed since then and maybe the M8 will eventually live to see the light of production day.
Besides the coupe and its possible M-flavored counterpart, the 8 Series family will allegedly also include a Gran Coupe model and a convertible later in the life cycle. Maybe we will learn about what’s in tow for the revived 8 Series lineup on Friday when the concept will take a bow on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.
Not too long now…
Source: Peisert Design