BMW Released Teaser Sketch Showing A Stylized Silhoutte Of The New 8-Series

BMW released a teaser sketch on Thursday showing a stylized silhouette of the new 8-Series concept in the form of a coupe. The new 8-Series will be previewed at this month’s Concorso d”Eleganza Villa D’Este in Italy.

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The 8-series coupe is expected to be larger than the current two-door 6-series, the 8-series is expected to serve as the flagship coupe for BMW. The 6-series may be kept around to go head to head with the upcoming E-Class coupe from Mercedes Benz. Camouflaged Prototype 8-Series have been spotted in testing, they appear to include both the coupe and convertible body styles, and looks like a close representation for the production model due for reveal in 2018.

What can be seen on the “spy” shots the prototype bears a close resemblance to BMW’s 2014 Vision Future Luxury concept, even down to the pinched headlights. BMW are keeping quiet on the specifics of the 8-series, but are willing to say that the new 8-Series is that it will provide a blend of sporty dynamics and luxury. CEO Harald Kruger described it as a “true luxury sports coupe” and a “slice of pure automotive fascination.”

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The 8-series will sit on a version of the 7-series lightweight, semi-carbon fibre architecture, sporting a longer bonnet with more space between the doors and rear wheel opening, this indicates a long wheelbase. The roofline arcs over the driver’s head to a lip spoiler on the trunk, the tail lights also seem to be inspired by BMW’s Vision Future Luxury concept. The powertrain for the 8-series may be based on the 7-series, featuring 740e plug-in hybrid four-cylinder/electric combo or Europe’s diesels and four-cylinder 730i.

In keeping with the two-door 8-series sportier vibe, the 740i’s powerful twin-turbocharged inline-six and the 750 i’s twin-turbocharged V-8 are almost a given, while the 7-series available twin-turbocharged V-12 would make for an excellent range topper. BMW’s original 8-series offered a V-12 with a manual transmission, but the modern 8 will be automatic only, with every iteration using a ZF eight-speed. Rear-wheel drive will be the standard configuration, and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive setup will be optional or possibly standard on higher-output models.