Is the concept worthy of its prestigious name?
Beginning this week at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the new concept of BMW 8 Series serves to taste things to come up to a new model GT positive. It will be in 2018 to officially mark the return of the character of the “Series 8” and, at the same time, to announce the most important model in the company’s history.
If the design concept is obvious, the Rebel Series 8 will stand out among other BMW models with a new design, although it certainly is not as bright as that. The massive kidney grid will probably be somewhat attenuated, while flanking flank laser headlights are expected to lose some high-tech features.
Sitting on large 21-inch alloy wheels created specifically for the concept, the 8 Series carries a unique Barcelona Gray Liquid paint finish on its sleek body with a sloping roofline and a built-in trunk lid spoiler. With massive air vents in the bumpers as well as in the front fenders, the coupe combines a luxury style with the sportiness you would expect from a BMW. Its muscular wings with flared wheel arches add a sense of aggressiveness also reinforced by the generous trapezoidal exhaust tips at the rear.
The tail lights are as smooth as the front and extend on the trunk lid to make the 8 Series wider when seen from the back. Typical for a concept, the coupe comes with relatively small lateral mirrors and does not have conventional door handles as a way to make it smoother.
The sporty but luxurious theme continues through the cabin with leather seats upholstered in a carbon fiber shell. The delicious Merino leather finished in Dark Brown and Fjord White blends well with the many accents of hand-crafted carbon and aluminum fibers, while the Swarovski glass on the iDrive controller enhances the cab’s superior feel.
Details on the powers of the 8-Series rear-wheel drive coupe were not disclosed, but it goes without saying that the production car scheduled for next year will be blessed with BMW’s leading engines. After all, Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design, says the concept represents the company’s idea for a “high-quality machine”. He continues the discovery as a “luxurious sports car that embodies both the unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury, as no doubt no other. For me, it’s a slice of pure auto fascination.
2018 can not come soon enough, is it?