Expect to see the real thing in 2018.
The long-anticipated BMW 8 Series is nearly here. Spy photos from the Nürburgring have previewed its performance well before an official debut, and the concept, which was first shown back in May, gave us an idea as to how the final product might look. Now, two new renderings tease us with production lines.
The BMW 8 Series, and the yet-to-be-confirmed 8 Series convertible, have both been rendered ahead of an official debut. The coupe draws a number of similarities with the original concept, including the sloped hood and the aggressive fascia. Overall, the package gets a more subdued look, ready for the production line.
The 8 Series convertible rendering uses nearly all of the same lines, but does away with the roof, naturally. The kidney grilles remain, and a lower vent, flanked by two smaller vents gives the fascia a smooth, sculpted design. Overall, the 8 Series promises to be a dramatic-looking coupe, with some inspiration from the 6 Series coupe before it.
It’s still unclear exactly when the new 8 Series will make its debut, but expect to see a production version sometime in 2018, with sales starting later that same year. Powertrain options also remain a mystery, but BMW says that the platform will be able to support a variety of engine options, ranging from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, to a turbocharged 6.6-liter V12.
Whatever the engine, we know for sure that the 8 Series "will be a very sport car," promised Adrian van Hooydonk, Design Director at BMW Group. We also know that the 8 Series will feature a backseat, albeit a cramped one. Following the standard 8 Series’ debut in 2018, a more powerful M8 – which we’ve also seen testing on the Nürburgring – will also make its debut. No word on pricing or availability on either models just yet.