BMW's upcoming 8 Series flagship has generated a lot of hype over the past year or so.
BMW's decision to resurrect the 8 Series comes after an announcement by chairman Harald Krüger to position the brand further upmarket, giving it a more luxurious slant than its current premium positioning.
"The BMW 8 Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance", said BMW VP, Adrian van Hooydonk. The range will be topped with a twin-turbo 6.6-litre 692bhp V12 that's already available in the M760i. Nonetheless, one can safely assume it is previewing two new products for BMW.
BMW will launch the 8 Series Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe in 2019. Wider kidney grilles and flared air intakes make for an ultra-aggressive front end, a theme which continues throughout the design, culminating in a ducktail spoiler and quad exhausts at the rear of the vehicle.
The cabin of the new BMW is set well back within the wheelbase and receives a heavily rounded roofline and a fixed B-pillar as part of a shallow six-window glasshouse that tapers back towards the rear. The heavily scalloped doors are frameless, those at the rear extending over the rear wheelhouses to provide ease of entry to the second row.
BMW says the M8 showcases an updated design language and paves the way for a new understanding of the luxury sports auto. "With this auto we want to reach people who are looking for something special and who want to stand out from the crowd", Domagoj Dukec, vice president of Design BMW M, said in a statement. "With this vehicle, we want to reach people who are looking to stand out from the crowd".