Up close and personal with the concept version of 2018’s BMW 8 Series Coupé.
The BMW 8 Series departed nearly two decades ago, and enthusiasts have since called for its return. We got some face time with the Concept 8 Series to see what the production will probably end up looking like.
It’s a handsome, sculpture-like car, with bold rear haunches and long bonnet, a departure from BMW designs of the recent past.
Exterior designer, John Buckingham, said, “instead of having a traditional three-box, which a BMW would normally have, you have a very strong hood and then the roof itself is one sweep”. Flowing lines give it an elegance that some of its more chiseled siblings lack. While it passes on some traditional BMW hallmarks, it emphasizes others. The famous Hoffmeister kink and kidney grilles, for example, are far larger on the Concept 8 than they are on any other car in the line up.
The interior features a few fanciful details that are unlikely to make it to production. A heavily dished steering wheel and crystal gear selector aren’t likely to make the cut, but the fact that the rest of the cabin is rather sensible for a concept car bodes well for the finished article. It is said that the new 8 Series can seat four full-sized adults, something some of its closest competitors struggle to do.
We don’t know what the engine range will consist of, however, this platform is able to take anything from a paltry 2.0-liter up to a biturbo 6.6-liter V12. The concept car sounded suspiciously like a current generation M6, though.
The BMW 8 Series Concept was revealed at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Based in beautiful Lake Como in Italy, this event sees some of the worlds most beautiful machines come together. Even amongst legendary cars, the concept coupe turned heads.