BMW 8 Series to Return in 2018 after almost 20 years
BMW doesn’t seem to like the attention and sales Mercedes-Benz is getting with its peerlessly luxurious S-Class Coupe. As such, the Bavarian brand has announced that the grandest, most powerful and most luxurious of its coupes, the BMW 8 Series will return to showrooms in 2018.
Lexus is getting in on the big coupe action too, with the new LC so it’s about time BMW came to the party. The BMW 8 Series concept will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May 2017, and the design study is believed to be a strong indication of what the production model will look like when it goes on sale in the following year.
BMW has provided one image of the new BMW 8 Series’ silhouette, but little else is known about the car. What we can see is an aggressive and muscular stance, with large rear haunches. The car will be the pinnacle of BMW’s coupe range, especially as the 6 Series has been quietly laid to rest. Expect the new BMW 8 Series to be powered by a couple of V8s and potentially even a V12 engine option, however unlike the original 8 Series, we doubt the flip-up headlights will be a design feature on the original version.
The original BMW 8 Series was sold between 1991 and 1999, but it wasn’t a strong seller for BMW, with the ultra high-tech and extremely expensive marketed at a time of a global recession and high oil costs. Still looks cool, though.
Game on, Benz.