Anton Andres / BMW Press | May 26, 2017 12:38
BMW previews production 8 Series with latest concept
After yesterday's leak, BMW has officially unveiled the Concept 8 Series and has outlined more of what to expect when it goes into production in 2018. The German automaker has also revealed the interior of their GT coupe concept. With this concept, BMW revives the 8 Series name after it stayed dormant for the past 18 years. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, hails the concept as a new take on classic BMW cues, as well as new ideas that might make their way to future BMW models.
The outline of the car sees a long hood and a sleek, curved roofline the tapers down into the short rear deck. At the front we see a larger version of the signature grill, flanked by slim headlights featuring the brand's laser light technology. Two large air intakes are seen at the corners of the front bumper which BMW calls Air Breathers. The Concept 8 Series also comes with active grill shutters to aid fuel economy, a feature that is likely to reach production.
Two prominent character lines stem from the fender air outlets. Also present is the pronounced flaring above the rear wheels, giving the rear end a wider stance. The high-set window line complemented by the coupe's broad shoulders an the signature Hoffmeister Kink is also present. At the rear is a low, highly sculpted tail which further enhances the width of the car. More aerodynamic enhancements can be seen at the rear of the car, namely the air outlets, the kicked up trunk lid and the integrated diffuser.
Inside, it sticks to the driver-oriented theme seen in BMW models of the past and present. The iDrive screen is set lower and it boasts an iDrive scroll wheel in Swarovski crystal. The thick-rimmed steering wheel is finished in Alcantara with the whole dash being trimmed in leather. Accent surfaces in carbon fibre and hand-polished aluminum are also seen in throughout the cabin.
As for the production model, it will use the OKL platform featuring a mix of aluminum, magnesium, steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Engines options are likely to be a turbocharged inline-six or a twin-turbocharged V8. Should the 2018 BMW 8 Series follow in the steps of its predecessor, it is likely that it might also get a V12 option.