The new BMW Concept 8 Series previews a luxury 2-door with the Mercedes S-Class Coupe firmly in its sights.
This is the new BMW Concept 8 Series – a flagship 2+2 coupe that has been designed to take on the Mercedes S-Class Coupe.
Revealed at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the close-to-production design study will morph into a showroom model next year; following in its footsteps will be a broadening lineup of new 8 Series models that’s set to include an 8 Series Convertible and 8 Series Gran Coupe.
“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” said Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger. “The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand.”
The concept is a long and rakish two-door coupe, which has a whiff of Maserati about its proportions. BMW, however, says that the car shows a ‘fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling cues’. At the front, slender laser lights sporting a similar light signature to that seen on the new 5 and 7 Series flank an oversized kidney grille. A carbon fibre front lip beneath is also said to underline the car’s ‘sporty and high-performance’ character.
Air Breathers nestled behind the front wheel arches lead into aggressively sculpted flanks, which rise up into flared rear arches housing 21-inch alloy wheels. The concept is also finished in a new exterior colour called Barcelona Grey Liquid, which was designed exclusively for the concept.
Although there are no pictures of the cabin yet, BMW says the interior gives the ‘enclosed ambience typical of a sports car’. Carbon-shelled sports seats have been fitted inside, while a mix of aluminium and dark leathers have been used around the interior.
BMW 8 Series engines and spec details
As the 8 Series is only a design study at this stage, no official details on the platform or powertrains has been announced. However, Auto Express understands the 8 Series will be based on the same CLAR architecture as the latest 7 Series.
That platform has flexibility to adopt everything from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine right up to a 6.6-litre 12-cylinder motor. Indeed, recent trademark applications suggest that BMW plans to roll out a varied mix of models within the 8 Series range; names within the lineup that have been registered for trademarks include 825, 830, 835, 845 and 850.
At the top of the range BMW has also ring-fenced the M8 badge, which indicates that the firm is eyeing-up a flagship rival for Merc-AMG S63 coupe. If given the green light, those models would likely use the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8.
The more popular models would likely be made up of smaller capacity six- and eight-cylinder engines borrowed from the 5 and 7 Series lineups. To broaden the car’s appeal over the S-Class coupe, BMW will also introduce various diesel engines to the range, including the possibility of its new 394bhp quad-turbo 3.0-litre diesel. xDrive four-wheel drive is also expected to be offered to buyers as well.