Design study grants 8 views of new BMW

Munich, May 24, 2017

1999 was a bad year for all fans of upper-class coupés, because just before the turn of the Millennium, BMW ceased production of the 8. A few months ago, the rumors that the Bavarian automaker is working on a new edition of the luxurious two-door series condense however. And on the this year's Concorso d' Eleganza Villa d'Este (26-28 may 2017) on Lake Como BMW now with the design study concept 8 series finally long the anticipated views of the new 8-seater Coupé which will be in the year 2018 on the market.

Tradition meets the future

Visually, the concept car combines tradition and future with few, but sharply drawn lines. The front is determined by a large kidney, narrow headlights with laser light and large air intakes. The silhouette is very low and just like the original, emerges from a long bonnet and a flowing roof line that swinging goes in the rear. Sitting in the wide wheel arches 21-incher, the grey-blue painting named "Barcelona Grey Liquid". At the rear, narrow and elongated tail lights that extend far into the side can be found. A carbon diffuser hint of and large trapezoidal tailpipes should indicate a dynamic character.

R6, V8, hybrid! And a V12?

The production version of the future 8 could be as dynamic, suggests only himself. BMW does not deliver technical specifications or performance that still. It is only announced that the car has a rear-wheel drive. The tailpipes in turn suggest that traditional internal combustion engines will be used. So we count on with V8 engines and possibly also with six-cylinder drivetrains, supported by a hybrid system. Massive V12 units as at the previous may not probably collect under the long hood.

Leather, carbon, aluminium and glass

In the Interior of the concept take 8 series on slender carbon seats which are covered with fine leather. Is also much aluminium and carbon use, the gear selector and the iDrive Controller, however, are made of Swarovski glass. BMW boss Harald Krüger says: "the number 8 has always been marked the peak of sportiness and exclusivity. The future BMW 8 Coupé will prove that highly dynamic driving characteristics and modern luxury blend perfectly with each other. It is the next model in the expansion of our offer in the luxury segment and will set new standards in the Coupés." (ml)