BMW reveal their new high performance flagship luxury car
The newest addition to the BMW range will be a new 8 Series that has just been revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The return of the 8 Series is just the start of what BMW is saying is the biggest model offensive in the company’s history (the only other car known about in this new line-up is the BMW X7). The original 8 series went out of production in 1999 after ten years on the market and just over 30,000 cars being built. The new 8 Series is set to go on sale in 2018 with BMW Boss Harald Krüger saying. “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.
The BMW 8 Series has much sportier looks than its competitors
Looking to take on the likes of the Mercedes S-Class coupe and the Rolls Royce Wraith the new 8 Series is designed to be a combination of performance and absolute luxury. The cars sweeping bodylines accentuate the 8 Series aggressive sporty side and modern high performance. The squat front of the 8 Series give the impression of a sports car, much more than the large overbearing front ends of the Mercedes and Rolls. The long bonnet and slightly shark nosed front face is reminiscent on the BMW CSL and 6 Series of the past. The rear of the car is very similar to that of an Aston Martin Vanquish, the large rear window flowing into slightly lifted rear end.
Luxury and Sportiness in its purest form
The interior of the new 8 Series is exactly what you would expect from a new flagship BMW. BMW say: The interior of the BMW Concept 8 Series actively explores the contrasts between emotion and engineering, dynamic flair and luxury; its form suggests supreme sportiness, while exquisite materials exude exclusivity and high-grade design. The 8 Series interior is an amazing mix of leather carbon fibre and aluminium giving the car what BMW call a luxurious sense of sportiness.
BMW run the show at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
Over the past few years BMW have made a habit of revealing new concepts at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, cars such as the reimagining of the CSL in the from of the M4, and a new concept of the classic 2002 turbo based on the M2. Neither of these cars were ever meant to make production, just concepts to gather public interest. The new 8 Series however will be coming to production in 2018. Whilst production engines are yet to be revealed, the current BMW range will likely donate their engines to the project, engines such as a turbocharged 3 litre unit, a turbocharged 4.4 litre and even the turbocharged 6.6 litre V12 currently in the M760Li. A convertible version of the 8 Series is rumoured to be in the works as well with a projected launch in 2019.
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BMW 8 Series Gallery