BMW recently revealed that it’s plan to revive the 8 Series moniker from the 1990s and released a teaser image of its forthcoming 8 Series coupe. The Bavarian automaker chose the elite invitation only Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy, to unveil its Concept 8 Series yesterday and gave us the first good look at it. The Concept 8 Series showcases the new design philosophy the carmaker has adopted for the actual production 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018. The production version, sharing its platform with the 5 and 7 Series, could well be the most luxurious and expensive car ever made by BMW.
“The BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is a luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury like arguably no other. For me, it’s a slice of pure automotive fascination.” The front and the rear of the concept look very aggressive sharing design elements with the BMW i8 Hybrid, while the rest of the body has a very elegant design.
The new 8 Series will indirectly replace the existing third-generation 6-Seriesthe and take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Bentley Continental GT. In fact Mercedes is also working on a sedan based on the AMG GT sportscar and the German automaker showcased a four-door concept variant named the “Mercedes-AMG GT Concept.” BMW has not revealed any technical details on power and performance on the 8 Series Coupe.