In answer to the slowing demand for its 6 Series, BMW is now preparing to launch its 8 Series with slim laser headlights, a flowing roofline and a long hoodline. The automaker showcased its Concept 8 Series at the d’Eleganza Villa d’Este car show in Italy. The production model of the luxury car will come in 2018.
BMW 8 Series concept: luxury with elegance
The BMW 8 Series Coupe is a stylish two-door model with a dynamic front face and a large twin-kidney grille. The concept car comes in an exclusive Barcelona Grey Liquid hue and cruises on 21-inch multi-spoke wheels. The car surely does live up to its luxury car image with bigger rear fender flares and a graceful appearance overall.
Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design noted that the concept will not just remain a concept and will move down to the production line.
Describing it as a mighty, luxurious driving machine, he said, “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.”
Van Hooydonk, who was behind the design of the second generation 6 Series coupe launched in 2003, stated that the 8 Series’ novice design and sharper edges will also be in future models. BMW reiterated the same, saying that the concept 8 Series is “a preview of a model which BMW is set to introduce in a similar form in the coming year.”
The interior offers the style, function and comfort that buyers would expect from a high-end luxury sports vehicle. Red anodized paddle shifters, carbon-fiber seat shells and digital gauge clusters give a sporty feel to the car, while a merino leather seating surface, a faceted ground gearshift lever and an iDrive controller made from Swarovski glass offer a luxury feel. However, according to Carscoops, the interior is not a conventional BMW interior, with the company going for a minimalistic design with a driver-focused layout.
Production model to be similar to concept vehicle
The company has not revealed anything about what powers the concept car yet. But based on the automaker’s trademark applications, the new 8 Series will be riding on a turbocharged 3.0 liter six cylinder engine, a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, and a turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 from the M760Li xDrive. With this series, the company aims to “strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger.
BMW is also expected to launch variants within the 8 Series range, and their names, according to recent trademark applications, are 825, 830, 835, 845 and 850, notes AutoExpress. The top model is detailed with a ring-fenced M8 badge, which will likely compete with the Merc-AMG S63 coupe. All these models could come with a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine.
The production version of the Concept 8 Series could come with a price tag between that of the entry-level Rolls-Royce, the Wraith, and the 760i, notes Autoblog. Though the company has not revealed much information (or even images) of the 2018 8 Series, it does say that the concept vehicle “reveals much of what is to come.”