The first images of the BMW Concept 8 Series are here and, unsurprisingly, the recently revived grand tourer is achingly gorgeous. The Bavarian automaker officially announced the revival of the 8 Series last week, with the car set to make its debut Friday, May 26th during the first day of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. But as often happens photos of the Concept 8 Series began leaking out which caused BMW to spill the beans early. Unfortunately since this is a concept there’s no word on pricing, performance, or power plants. However, we do get a damn good look at what the 2019 BMW 8 Series will look like when it finally goes on sale next year.
Now the big thing to keep in mind is that the BMW Concept 8 Series is technically just a design study. The automaker is liable to change a few things on the official production version. That being said, there seems to be a good chance that the concept will be left relatively untouched, if you believe BMW CEO Harald Krüger anyway. “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. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class,” Krüger stated in the automaker’s official announcement of the concept.
It’s hard to believe that the all-new 8 Series will make production with such massive front air intakes and beefy rear fender flares. BMW will probably try and tame this concept just a bit before it hits production. What shouldn’t change much is the overall look. Expect a production 8 Series Coupe with an an aggressive front end and angular sheet metal all over. With this concept BMW has made it clear that it wants the all-new 8 Series to be seen as a driver’s car first and foremost, not just a massive luxury sedan that had its doors chopped off. Think less Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and more Aston Martin DB11, if the DB11 had more of an edge.
Again, there was no mention of possible engines and there likely won’t be for some time. The expectation is that a twin-turbo V8 and twin-turbo inline-six will be on offer. A range-topping V12 should make an appearance, possible in an M model. Yes, as in an M8.
One area where the concept car and the eventual production version will differ is the interior. First off, that steering wheel will definitely not make the final cut. BMW says the interior “focuses on the task of driving,” and a steering wheel made out of aluminum and wrapped in what looks to be Alcantara definitely suggests that drivers will be encouraged to test their limits. But this is BMW after all, so expect a few more buttons on the wheel when the 8 Series comes off the line. Unless the automaker has an in with Swarovski (or is planning to charge a ludicrous amount for this thing) that iDrive controller made of Swarovski glass will probably be out as well.
The iDrive screen on the Concept 8 Series leans back a bit more than on current BMW models and its not situated atop the dash. It looks great, though, but it will be interesting to see if that design is just for the concept car only. Overall the center stack looks elegant and doesn’t seem too concept-y at all. Same for the large digital gauge cluster. Those sport seats, which have a carbon fiber shell and are wrapped in leather, are also quite fetching.
More news about this concept and the production version of the all-new 8 Series should become available once the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este kicks off. If for some reason BMW stays tight-lipped at least there will be tons of in-the-metal shots to ogle over and perhaps an exhaust note video or two from the show to watch on repeat.