By now it is no secret that the BMW is dusting off the 8 Series nameplate later this year. A new 8 Series Coupe will launch as an indirect replacement for the now deceased 6 Series Coupe with the intent of strengthening BMW’s footing on the high-end luxury spectrum. While the production version of the 8 Series is still a few months off, BMW is teasing us all with the Concept 8 Series shown here.
BMW revealed the Concept 8 Series today in the Lake Como area of Italy as part of Concorzo d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in the Milan area. Without question the concept is previewing a stunning new coupe that folks on the ground in Italy say has to be seen in person to fully appreciate.
At first glance the 8 Series showcases a new take on BMW’s design language, while tapping some the heritage associated with the 8 Series from the 1990’s. The wide stance and proportions from the original 8 Series are present here, but converging with modern new takes on BMW’s classic design cues, such as slimmer LED lamps and more angular kidney-shaped grilles.
Even the Concept’s interior is a fresh take on BMW design. It’s light colors and carbon fiber trim offer a striking contrast on a design theme that varies from the typical horizontal dash theme found in BMW products. The Concept and production car are also expected to debut an all-new version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system.
BMW isn’t saying just yet what is under the hood of the Concept 8 Series. Subsequently, they aren’t saying anything about the production car’s engines either. Given the 8 Series is slated to be built on the 7 Series platform, one can safely bet everything from turbocharged six’s to 12-cylinder engines are on the table for the production car.
It is worth noting that the original 8 Series offered a BMW 12-cylinder engine, so if BMW is feeling as nostalgic as they seem to be, perhaps the 12-cylinder will make an appearance here.
Expect to see the production version of the all-new BMW 8 Series later this year, with the car rolling out early next year.