New BMW 8-Series Concept Shows The Shape Of Things To Come

The first pictures of the BMW 8-Series concept have hit the web ahead of its unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 26th.

Looking far sleeker than the teaser image suggested, the 8-Series concept is a stylish two-door coupe which features a bold front fascia with a massive twin-kidney grille that is flanked by slender headlights. The car also has a rakish windscreen, large front fender vents, and lightweight alloy wheels which cover huge brake discs and gold calipers.

The rear image isn’t of the highest quality but we can see the model has a gently sloping roofline which tapers down to meet an integrated spoiler. The concept also has an aggressive rear bumper and what appears to be a dual exhaust system.

The concept is designed to preview a production model which will be launched in 2018. The car will partially replace the 6-Series Coupe and BMW Chairman Harald Krüger has called it a “genuine dream car” which will add a “slice of pure automotive fascination” to the company’s lineup.

BMW has been tight-lipped about the model but the car is expected to ride on the CLAR platform that underpins the 5- and 7-Series. Rumors have also suggested the model will be offered with an assortment of familiar engines possibly even a 6.6-liter V12 developing 601 hp (609 PS) and 590 lb-ft (799 Nm) of torque.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that BMW has trademarked a series of names, including 825, 830, 835, 850, 845, 860, M8 and M850, so an M8 could be in the cards as well.

8 tips of the hat to Enrico B!

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  • chippers

    I really like it.

    • seriously

      I agree its something different from a brand you could close your eyes and guess what each new generation will look like

  • Kash

    Can that hood curve any further down? I really hope the production model looks better than this.

    • Silimarina

      well, remember that the design of modern cars must meet some regulations first

      • Kash

        I know that, but still, that can’t be regulation.

    • Tinky-Winky

      It does on the original 8-series.

      • Kash

        The original one slants, this one pulls a Mustang and hard curves down.

    • KSegg

      This is a good thing. Have you ever driven a new Mustang? ALL YOU SEE IS HOOD, because it’s not sloped at all.

      • Kash

        I get that, but still. that’s an almost 90° curve.

  • Nordschleife

    Ummm……..I don’t know. I need more pics and it to be painted in that Frozen Bronze color. I reserve final judgment for more pics.

  • Mark S

    Interesting stretch for BMW, I would prefer a more traditional grill shape and a more gradual flow on the nose. I must also wonder if BMW secretly developed this car with the Lexus LC 500. Nice to see some design progress at least. Id it can handle like a older BMW I could end up liking this.

    • Six Thousand Times

      For that traditional grill shape: round or square? Gas fired or charcoal burning? Built in or portable?

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Congratulations BMW, this is your first design in decades that’s inspiring… Hopefully the production car looks alike


  • pcurve

    Did BMW hire Chris Bangle back? What is up with these weird surface treatments… This doesn’t hold candle to LC500.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      Chris was a genius!

      • Vassilis

        He really was. And it shows seeing how mainstream BMWs have looked since he left.

  • Kaisuke971

    I don’t know… it sure looks different from the other bimmers on the market though

  • enthusia

    i like it! the more i look at it and let it marinate in my head, i like it even more. bmw makes good concepts, so if the i8 is anything to go by, they might have something going on here.
    but the wheels are a bit too pedestrian for a concept imo.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Just like the E31 no B-pillar and stunning design. BMW please make it with a V12, an M860i with the M760’s V12 would be the perfect replacement for the legendary and ultra rare E31 850 csi.

  • Elmediterraneo

    And for the line-up we can expect
    840i : inline 6
    850i : V8
    M860i : V12
    and some plug-in hybrid models to make ecologists happy.
    I don’t expect an M8 because the logilcally the 8 series follow the 7 series and since that the top model is not an M7 V8 but a M760 V12, I think the 8 will do the same with a V12 M860 which is better for this car and clearly in line with the E31.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Would be cool with the new Ford Fiesta’s grille. Or an Aston grille, like, for an all-new Vantage. Very exotic, very coach.

  • Zandit75
  • An Existing Person

    Somehow, this reminds me of an elongated version of the new Infiniti Q60. That’s not a bad thing, but i’ll reserve all judgement until more images and the actual production vehicle are released.

    • Nordschleife

      Especially that rear end.

  • ejd1984

    It reminds me a little of the Buick Avista

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I was wrong again! What a piece of metal! So sexy!

    • Gustavo Adriano

      The render that I saw yesterday made me scary, but this pre production version is THE THING! Beautiful!

      • Tumbi Mtika


  • Six Thousand Times

    Gosh, that’s…magnificent.

  • klowik

    BMW needs to radicalise their design a bit like that in the picture in order to compete with the current Merc styling.

  • brn

    So they want to loose their existing customer base?

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Just perfect, nothing more, nothing less!!!

  • benT

    needs braces to fix those teeth.

  • sidewaysspin

    Come on, that’s basically an Aston Martin, must be a joke right? Some Photoshop?

  • GobbleUp

    Ehh. Probably 4,500+lbs, and a boring look.

  • muslimah cantiq

    Can that hood curve any further down? I really hope the production model looks better than this.

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    It’s either too boring or too much of a change & not following the brand’s design language, is what the haters will say about all BMWs’. To me it’s stunning, I love it.

  • Bash
  • zabel

    after the LC500 everything else looks boring.

  • Robert

    Well I guess Its a new design approach for BMW. But the design itself isn’t new at all, as a matter of fact it looks like a bunch of borrowed design cues meshed together. And that UGLY catfish snout kills it

  • Dennis James

    Much worse than I expected. Doesn’t look like a BMW, but this can also be a good thing if you think at their current lineup.

  • Lucas Hampel

    In view of the Mercedes releasing attractive models on the market what results in taking over the position of the world leader in the premium segment, the BMW needs so, uncompromisingly of attractive stylistics in entire for one’s representative range.

  • Infinite1

    Waiting for more pictures.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I do wish the nostrils would be a bit smaller and less round. Other than that, I think this is fabulous!

  • Vassilis

    Cool. That window frame is very Aston Martin though!

  • Tom

    It looks like Buick sold the Avista design to BMW.