New BMW 8-Series Concept Revealed, Coming In 2018 [72 Pics / Videos]

BMW has uncovered the new 8-Series concept, ahead of its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Designed to preview the 8-Series Coupe, the concept is a “luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury.”

Looking far more athletic than the Gran Lusso Coupe, the 8-Series concept is a stylish two-door model which features an aggressive front fascia with a large twin-kidney grille. The car has also been equipped with a carbon fiber front splitter, laser headlights, and massive air intakes.

Moving further back, we can see a long hood, flowing bodywork, and 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The concept also has front fender vents, muscular rear wheel arches, and a sporty roofline. Other highlights include a carbon fiber rear diffuser that is flanked by a dual exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipes.

The interior is a bit of a departure from traditional BMWs as it adopts a minimalist design with a driver focused layout. As part of this focus, the company installed exclusive sports seats with a carbon-fiber shell and the “finest leather” upholstery. There’s also a custom steering wheel with hand-polished aluminum spokes and red-anodized shift paddles. We can also see a digital instrument cluster, an iDrive display, and plenty of carbon fiber trim.

BMW declined to say what powers the concept but the production model will arrive next year and trademark applications suggest it will be equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, and the turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 from the M760Li xDrive.

According to BMW Chairman Harald Krüger, “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.”

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  • MultiKdizzle

    Wow… didn’t think BMW had it in them!

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  • Dennis Scipio

    That looks great.

  • Kagiso Mutlaneng

    BMW’s interiors are finally fixed! BMW pulled a rabbit out a hat with this one! Kudos!

    Went extreme “shark” in front, but production version I assume will have softer angles

  • Lyonel Baratheon

    Not bad, but I want to see all-elecric car with 2sec/60mph

    • Six Thousand Times

      One can dream…

  • Nordschleife

    That interior along with that C-Pillar is very Aston but I applaud the effort BMW. This is slowly growing on me.

  • Akira

    Their front grille design is getting completely out of hands… Soon they will make the entire front of the car?

  • Denzel

    I look forward to the production version

  • Terrill Spencer

    They’ve done it…. I can’t say the design takes on the ques of being unique as the first gen 8 series did…… Its seems like a mix of the 6 and an Aston martin… But this thing does look stunning we just dont know how close to the concept the real production version will look like…..but this is absolutely stunning… i love BMWs anyway and long nose cards

  • Elmediterraneo

    Unlike the 6 series which is a coupe version of the 5 series, the 8 series isn’t a coupe version of the 7 series.
    The 8 has his own design and personnality and I really hope that the top version will be the M860i V12 and not an M8 V8 to follow the legacy of the E31 especially the 850 csi.
    Now we can divide the luxury GT segment in 2 sides :
    – The sporty one : Aston Martin DB11, BMW 8 series
    – The luxury side : Bentley Continental, Mercedes S class, Rolls-Royce Wraith
    And that’s exactly why BMW designed this 8 series closer to the Aston Martin DB11, to let the Rolls-Royce Wraith be the most luxurious 4 seats GT for the BMW group.
    And finally a BMW with a modern and refreshing interior !

    • Cobrajet

      The M8 deserves to have a V12.
      On the luxury side: The coupe & 4 door “gran coupe” version of the 7 series could become the 9 series.
      On the sporty side: This new 8 series will directly rival the next Mercedes SL that will be a 2+2 based on the AMG GT.

      • donald seymour

        Most likely won’t happen due to weight savings.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The more I look, the more I like.

  • donald seymour

    It’s an attractive car, but I’m not impressed. Still looks like a 6-Series coupe with its proportions. It doesn’t necessarily say S-Class Coupe competitor. And honestly, it doesn’t say LC Coupe competitor either, and that’s real.

  • ErnieB

    Holy $&@#

  • fabri99

    Now that’s good looking!

  • rover10

    More Aston than BMW?

  • ctk4949

    WoW they actually changed the interior, it doesnt look anything like there interiors for the pass 20 years!!

    Less chrome on the front grille and it will look much better. Looks almost ready to go, change the side view mirrors and the rear taillights and its production ready.

    • Kash

      It’s still a concept so don’t hold your breath. BMW can do awesome interiors and a lot of concepts have them, but they never make it to production.

  • Kash

    I see some DB11 mixed with LC with some current 6 all kind of mixed together. Quite honestly the green house needs to be stretched back a little more and maybe even stretch the wheelbase some more and it might make the profile look better. Right now it looks like BMW is going after the LC not the S-class with this.

    • donald seymour

      The greenhouse statement is so true. But I don’t even thinks it competes with the LC. Have you seen the LC in the flesh?

      • Kash

        Yeah, i look at one every morning, noon, and night. Lol.

        I don’t think BMW set out designing it to compete with the LC, but if the concept is an indication of the size of the production version, i’m willing to bet it’ll be more LC size than S-class size and it’ll split the difference between midsize and fullsize coupes, like the current 6 was trying to do.

        • donald seymour

          True. So, I take it that you either own one or your neighbor has one?

          • Kash

            I own. lol. I love Lexus and the LC is my favorite car, especially with the GS F’s V8 in it. I’d love a new LS but I want a NA V8 in it, not a turbo 6. I regret selling my ’13 LS tbh.

          • donald seymour

            Wow, I’m glad you got it. AND I know that you will enjoy it.

          • Kash

            Of course I will. It already has 1,200 miles on it and I’ve only had it for about 3 weeks. Errands are just so much more fun now too.

          • donald seymour

            Dang, for real?

          • Kash

            yeah. lol. I drive that thing everywhere now.

  • Just another Supra fan

    Why does it have 2 rev counters?

  • fgclolz

    Damn! The first time I saw this car it really screamed AM with Bimmer bits. I really like it.

    I really hope a smaller version of this shape comes out as a new Z-coupe with 2 seats and an optional 6MT. Think AM Vantage V8… I’m in!

  • Steve McQueen

    Some homeless man is photobombing half their pictures.

    • Knotmyrealname

      ROFL!! I was going to comment on that, and what’s with him at the race track? Looks like he’s drunk and staggering around before vomiting over the armco?
      Love the car BTW.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’m glad it doesn’t have a B-pillar. That was one of the key features of the E31 8 Series.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Darth Vader approves.

  • roy

    Now that interior… That’s what the aston ought to have instead of the current ones….. Plus this interior which heavily reminds me of aston yet somehow exhibits a very bmw vibe which I think it’s brilliant from a design perspective

  • Dennis James

    It seems that BMW designed the next Aston Martin much better than Aston Martin was able to 🙂 Can’t help but notice the resemblance.

    Nevertheless, this is the first decent BMW design in a long, long time. I really like it. Hopefully some parts of it will influence the lower end models too, because I’m tired of ugly BMW cars.

  • AstonMartin

    I love the bold NEW styling of the concept that pays homage to the original 8 Series while taking the flagship of the brand in a new direction. Overall its a graceful design with curvaceous rear hips and a distinctive front end. This design stands out in its space as unique -nearly all auto designs draw references from other cars past and present however the design team has kept it unique. The interior say’s that you’ve arrived, its both fresh and a techies dream, I love the waterfall dash – there appears to even be room for another display screen. In addition, a tint on-demand glass roof option would look amazing. The final product will strike a great balance with the test mule images I’ve seen. Neither the 6 nor 8 were truly ever lined up well to cross shop against a S Class Coupe as the BMW is focused on being the drivers car and clearly more sporty – with that in mind, its keeps its carved niche alone even against players like the NEW LC. This is a definite WIN for BMW. The DB11 on the other hand caters to a more exclusive target market willing to pay more – more than twice as much in fact for the right to acquire a hand built, bespoke automobile. The great car days are back with the marketplace full of an abundance of fine choices.

    • donald seymour

      Aston, my main man, do you really think the interior is fresh? It already seem played out to me.

      • AstonMartin

        Hey Don! I’ve stared at these photographs and watched the videos over and over since the concept broke cover. I know the exterior is a bit exaggerated from what it will be in production guise by comparing these to the images of the M8 test car. The interior on the other hand I feel is designed close to reality and I consider it fresh because it represents a new direction for BMW. Its got this futuristic look that appeals to me. As a comparison, I then stared at the exterior lines of an S63 coupe and recalled thoughts of its sumptuous interior from my experience driving one briefly. I then asked myself which I’d rather have. Albeit they really are in two separate classes of vehicles although often grouped together, I presently prefer the timeless modern design of the S63/S65 with its luxurious interior that can be further personalized by Designo options. The 8 Series is a driver’s car and will perform at supremely high levels while the S63 is a boulevard cruiser that has you sitting in the lap of luxury with every convenience feature known by engineers and I prefer the later in a vehicle at this point. The LC500 on the other hand is a bit out there design wise for me and I’m a past Lexus owner that want’s to like it however I’m not there (I do however like the LSf and its amazing interior and a future LCf should be designed and perform far better). Now at the other end of the spectrum is the DB11. I can’t see people cross shopping these cars due to the hefty price disparity. The DB11 is more about optimal style and exclusivity with less focus on tech despite the new AM relationship with Mercedes Benz. All in all, I’m keeping my eye on the 8 Series Don with options open, I really think BMW has a winner on their hands – especially with the M8. I just personally prefer the style and comfort of the S63/S65 coupe and their amazing interior appointments. Like I said, it’s a great time to be a car enthusiast.

      • AstonMartin

        Apologies for the typo’s, I wrote your reply on the fly from my mobile. I updated the post now so it reads correct.

        • donald seymour

          Man, I was glued to your response. So, you’re good. But Aston, another blogger has stated this and I want your true unadulterated opinion on this. He stated that the interior looks like a Lincoln MKZ. What are your thoughts on this?

          • AstonMartin

            That clearly is not true. As the upcoming top of the line vehicle for BMW you know the designers and engineers are going to make a rolling showcase for all that is cutting edge and ensure its interior rivals the very best in the market. No worries there. I predict the 8 Series will be the finest drivers vehicle within its segment. The M8 will be a beast: Audi may decide to join this coupe party but I believe it more so would compete more evenly with an S coupe AMG with Mercedes crushing it in every area before it left the gate.

          • donald seymour

            So, what are your thoughts about the MKZ’s interior comparison?

  • Stephen Tsai

    Looks nice….don’t know how much rear seat headroom there will be with that roofline, though.

  • ErnieB

    Wish the steering wheel stays true to that!

  • enthusia

    i like it! the interior is a bit Lincoln MKZ fused with Aston Martin, but at this point, i would welcome anything that didn’t resemble their severely dated interiors (save for the i8 & i3). i wonder how much the production car will stay true to the concept, or rather how true the concept is to the production car. i know at this point in development, the design is probably already frozen and they are only fine tuning it.

    • donald seymour

      Man, come on. YOU said it the best. And that’s real.

  • ErnieB
  • That interior is bang-on for a BMW!


  • Alex P

    overall shape isn’t too bad but I hope the production version doesn’t get those fugly grilles!

  • 59soni

    TBH I don’t understand why people are loving it. I think it’s kind of an underwhelming design, nothing too spectacular.

  • klowik

    now this styling can rival Merc, hope the styling can replicate to the 3,5 series sedan in the future.

  • NG212

    A beautiful concept. We’ll see if BMW can translate the drama to the production car next year.

  • An Existing Person

    These images solidify my thoughts that this looks much like an elongated Infiniti Q60. The front, rear, and side profiles are very reminiscent. Especially in the interior, with the sloping “waterfall” style dashboard, and even down to the panels on the doors. Nontheless, this concept looks stunning, and hopefully BMW changes nothing for the production vehicle.

  • TheBelltower

    Yes please!

  • gary4205

    Nice. Wish Buick had done something like this and called it a Riviera.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks like they’re hitting back against Lexus. Will be a great “budget” alternative to that new Bentley coupe that’s coming out.

  • Sam

    Does anybody else see the Ford resemblance in the interior or wheel design?

  • Sébastien

    Kia Stinger front …

  • Sybill Julian

    it’s good, but damn those grilles looks like a bull’s nose

  • Beautiful car 🙂 finally a Bimmer with clean lines outside and – inside!

  • SteersUright

    Ugly and generic as hell. So unoriginal, this looks like a mashup of a Lexus LC500 and BMW i8 as all the styling features are so derivative to the point of utter boredom. Way to go BMW, surprise nobody and produce something very expensive and yet so very dull. BMW is not the exciting, scrappy engineering firm they once were. Each day passing, they remind me more and more of an extremely less reliable and much more powerful Lexus alternative.

  • MIL1234

    who’s that homeless guy ?

    • donald seymour

      Hipsters are sometime confused with being homeless.

  • Paul

    It’s beautiful.

  • Jan Mleziva

    So the story on the pictures is “a beautiful car has been stolen from luxury site by a homeless who drove it to his ‘home’ site and vomited on the way”? Good that guy made it out and didnt spill the beautiful interior.