The 2017 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este has seen the unveiling of the BMW Concept 8 Series. The concept car serves as a taster of a forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupé – planned for launch in 2018. The BMW 8 Series Coupé will build on BMW's successful tradition of luxurious sports cars and adds another exciting model to its luxury-class line-up.
“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explained Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger. “The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupé 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 exterior of the BMW Concept 8 Series brings together the past and the future of BMW. Its silhouette spreads low and powerfully over the road, while the long bonnet and flowing roofline bring dynamic allure to its flanks. Adding yet another sporty flourish is the striking upward sweep of the concept's trailing edge which provides a crisp conclusion to the car's rearward flow.
The exclusive Barcelona Grey Liquid paint finish – a greyish-blue with highly iridescent pigments – shows off the vehicle's surface. Exclusive 21-inch light-alloy wheels feature a sporty multi-spoke design, generate visual depth and highlight the compelling appearance of the car.
The large kidney grille, slim twin headlights and large air intakes form a striking, sporty front-end graphic. The grille widens as it extends downwards, emphasising the dynamic character of the vehicle. Together with super-slim laser headlights and the hexagonal take on the “twin circular” theme, it brings a focused look to the front end.
Emotional surfacing also dominates at the rear of the BMW Concept 8 Series, creating a low, highly sculpted tail with maximum width-enhancing effect. The rear is defined by the interplay between volumes and lines, which extend around from the flanks and shape the rear section of the car.
At first glance, the form of the BMW Concept 8 Series suggests supreme sportiness, yet exquisite materials emphasise its exclusivity and high-grade design. The exclusive Sport seats are made from the finest leather, are slim in design and have a carbon-fibre shell providing the basic structure. The contrast of aluminium and dark leather on the gripping surfaces also emphasises this luxurious sense of sportiness.
Dark Brown and Fjord White Merino leather lends the interior a high-quality ambience. Surfaces in carbon-fibre and hand-polished aluminium create contrasts and radiate a sporty feel, while the iDrive Controller made from Swarovski glass with a smoky quartz look provides a classy finishing touch.