BMW will be dropping some big hints at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este when it unveils the Concept 8 Series — the precursor to the new 8 Series coupe that is due to launch in 2018.
“The BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,” says 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 exterior is a combination of past and future — immediately recognizable as a BMW with its large kidney grille and slim twin headlights, but also pointing to future design directions and also new uses of forms, such as crisp surface lines. The dynamic profile is also classic sports car, with the long-hood, sweeping roofline silhouette sitting low to the road on 21-inch wheels.
The interior is a blend of dynamics and luxury, with the tight cockpit and uncluttered instrument panel, which flows seamlessly into the doors, allowing the driver to focus on the task of driving (as you would expect from a BMW). The design is also reminiscent of past sports cars, while the design is in keeping with luxury, with exquisite materials, such as Merino leather in Dark Brown or Fjord White accented by carbon fibre and aluminum trim pieces, and Swarovski glass gearshift lever and iDrive controller.
Slim sport seats have leather stretching over carbon fibre shells, with the driver’s seat sitting behind a hand-polished aluminum contrasting with the leather rim, and red anodized shift paddles.
Not all cues are likely to make it into production in the halo car that will join the BMW stable in 2018.
“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” concludes 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. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.”