Yesterday, some pictures of the upcoming 8-series were “leaked” -- scoff at the liberal use of the word leaked -- and we thought it looked stunning. Now ahead of the grand unveiling today at the Concorso D’Eleganze Villa d’Est in Lake Como, Italy, BMW have scooped the official concept for 8-series. And damn, does it look good.
Scheduled to hit the tarmac in 2018, and be unveiled later today. Here’s what we know thus far about the apparently groundbreaking Gran Tourer .
Talking about the concept Adrian Van Hooydonk, Senior VP BMW Group Design said “The BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,It is a luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury like arguably no other. For me, it’s a slice of pure automotive fascination.”
Watch the BMW 8-Series video:
Marketing schpeel aside, the 8-series is a swan-song of sorts to what the 6 series Coupe would have evolved to look like. In profile, the silhouette harps back to the classic Grand Tourer design, with its long low-slung bonnet and short coupe body. Styling cues from the i-8 family, the strong chiseled flanks ending in i8 style tail-lights housed under an aggressive looking tail splitter.
The front has a conjoined kidney bean grill, between slim LED headlamps another cue indicative of the GTs of yesteryear.
The concept showcased a completely digital interior, with focus on the cocooned drivers cabin. Although the car is still in the concept stage, we expect the ultimate road car will have the usual serving of cutting edge tech that come with the BMW premium labels.