Following a series of rendered and leaked images a couple of days ago, the long-expected 2018 BMW 8-Series Concept, which is going to lead the way for a production coupe in the next 12 months, has been finally unveiled at the Concorso d`Eleganza Villa d`Este with a highly-futuristic and aggressive design.
Speaking of a production model arriving in 2018, Harald Kruger, BMW CEO, has also confirmed the good news, stating that:
“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW. The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment.”
As we can see from the pictures we have got so far with the concept, the future 8-Series production model is going to borrow plenty of its body styling elements, the next-gen coupe being a real inspiration for other manufacturers in terms of design and technoogy.
As CEO design Adrian van Hooydon describes, the concept comes with a ”full-blooded high-end driving machine”, with ”powerful sculpted” sections around the body, adding as well an aggressive front fascia with huge twin-kidney grille and slender headlights. Other standout visuals refer to rakish windscreen, long bonnet with massive wheel arches, or the massive brake discs and gold calipers that aggressively highlight the 21-inch alloy wheels. As for the rear end, this section comes with a sloping roofline and an aggressive rear bumper with dual exhaust system.
Inside, the main focus is on technology with the new digital instrument cluster and iDrive display, adding as well a modern design with sporty features, highlighted by the high-end materials like carbon-fiber trims, red-anodised paddle shifters and more. The cabin also received sports seats with carbon-fiver shell, bespoke hand-polished aluminum spokes, and much more.
Standing on the CLAR platform like most of the recent models from BMW – the 5- or the 7-Series, the 2018 BMW 8-Series production model is rumored to come with a wide range of engines fitted on the so called variants like the 825, 830, 835, 850, 845, 860, as well as a top of the line M8 and M850. In the M8, we might expect a massive 6.6-liter V12 engine, with 601 horsepower and 799 Nm of torque. We should expect full details in the upcomin period.