Revived BMW 8 Series leaks ahead of official debut

James Marshall
May 25, 2017

A number of characteristic BMW concept vehicle flourishes, such as the oversized kidney grille, thin laser-projector headlamps, exaggerated air breather elements behind the front wheel arches and within the rear bumper and OLED imbued L-shaped taillamps, all have been altered with a more conservative appearance for the production version of the new 8-Series, due to begin rolling from BMW's Dingolfing factory in Germany during second-quarter 2018.

The BMW 8 Series is expected to replace the 6 Series which was discontinued in February 2017; however, it continues to produce the 6-Series Gran Coupe and Convertible models.

Van Hooydonk, who was personally responsible for the design of the second-generation 6 Series coupe that debuted in 2003, suggested the 8 Series' new design language and sharper lines will appear on future BMW models.

It's been nearly two decades since BMW ceased production of the first 8 Series. Set for introduction in 2019, it eschews the folding hardtop arrangement favoured by BMW for its convertible models in recent years for an automatic multi-layer fabric hood.

Design as much as engineering has played a key role in the development of the new 8-Series, which boasts a traditional two door layout and classically hinged boot at the rear.

"It also showcases a new approach to the use of forms which is reflected particularly prominently in the car's surfacing", he says. "Crisp lines mark out clear surfaces, and the volumes are powerfully sculptured".

Enlarge ImageBMW's latest visual stunner.                  BMW
Enlarge ImageBMW's latest visual stunner. BMW

The Concept 8-Series is described by BMW as a taste of a forthcoming model, which is being developed under the internal codename G17. The grille itself forms a single panel, a move BMW says is inspired by coupes of years past. The 8-series is bound to do well - if BMW continues to price it like a 6-series. At the rear, the dramatic roofline effortlessly merges into the spoiler.

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.

However, Auto Express understands the 8 Series will be based on the same CLAR architecture as the latest 7 Series.

There will be rear- and all-wheel drive on the six, while the V8-powered versions are all-wheel drive only. And that means it'll shed as much as 100 kilograms when compared to the current 6-series. A carbon fibre front lip beneath is also said to underline the car's "sporty and high-performance" character.

As the 8 Series is only a design study at this stage, no official details on the platform or powertrains has been announced. 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. To absolutely no one's disappointment, BMW decided against a hybrid. The M division will build a faster M8 model, powered by the M5's biturbo V8. They have three doors, they're SUVs, and, the worst part, they have four doors. In the last decade, we've seen the word coupe be grossly misused for cars that are definitely not close to being coupes.

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