2018 BMW 8 Series Concept Debuts At Concorso dEleganza

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2018 BMW 8 Series Concept Debuts At Concorso dEleganza

The BMW 8 Series is set to return next year, nearly 20 years after the original bearer of the nameplate was discontinued in 1999. Previewed a year ahead of its planned debut here is the Concept 8 Series being showcased at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event.

Widely speculated as an indirect replacement of the 6 Series Coupe, the forthcoming 8 Series Coupe will give BMW a bigger two-door to go head on against Mercedes-Benz’s own S-Class Coupe. The 6 Series nameplate, on the other hand, is expected to live on in a new Gran Turismo model that is set to replace the 5 Series GT.

Whilst the sharp details are likely to be toned down, the concept’s basic lines and silhouette should survive the transition to production. Overall shape of the car gives a hunkered down look up front with lines gradually rising moving astern. From certain angles, the proportions appear distinctly Aston Martin-ish.

Its long bonnet and enlarged air intakes suggest performance of high capacity engines, whilst the enlarged down-ward flaring kidney grilles give the car immense road presence – it reminds of another long-discontinued BMW model, the Z8. Narrow-slit tail lights with BMW’s trademark twin circular lighting signature give added menace to its front fascia.

Rear section shows a distinctly expressive interpretation of BMW’s L-shaped tail lights – slim-looking and projecting out from the vehicle’s body like a blade. Highly-toned sheet metal, distinctive rear diffuser elements, and large trapezoidal exhausts all emphasize the car’s muscular stance.

Inside, the conceptual dashboard exhibits a vastly different architecture from what’s familiar in the current-generation G11 7 Series or the G30 5 Series. Notably, the centre console flows down to the tunnel on a gentler slope than typical of a BMW. Number of buttons too, is minimized, although the free-standing iDrive screen and its familiar rotary control knob remain present.

No technical details have been released by BMW, but it is understood that the 8 Series is being built off the 7 Series’ CLAR platform and should also feature the flagship limo’s Carbon Core chassis.

Engine options will likely be taken off the upper-end of the petrol 7 Series range, meaning we could see variants like a 3.0-litre six-cylinder 840i, 4.4-litre V8 850i, and maybe even a 6.6-litre V12 M860i. Diesel models are possible but unlikely in this segment though an 840e PHEV might be an interesting preposition.



Kon

Kon

Prefering his cars to come with four disc brakes, independent rear suspension, and manual transmission, Kon prioritizes mechanical sophistication over outward appeal. Admires cars built to exceed the sum of their parts and appreciates vehicles engineered with integrity.


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