The BMW Concept 8 Series - Official Photos

by Tim Jones on May 25, 2017, 1:28 pm
2018 BMW 8 Series

The BMW Group is using this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to unveil the BMW Concept 8 Series, the essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study. The study car will serve as a taster of a forthcoming BMW model – the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, slated for launch in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history. The NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy sees the BMW Group aiming to significantly increase sales and revenues in the luxury class, and the BMW 8 Series Coupe plays an important role here. “The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explains Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG 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.”

The BMW Concept 8 Series reveals much of what is to come. “The BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is a luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury like arguably no other. For me, it’s a slice of pure automotive fascination.”

The exterior brings together the past and the future
The BMW Concept 8 Series is immediately recognisable as a BMW, but also displays new design ideas and form-building techniques. “The design of the BMW Concept 8 Series provides a fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling Company cues,” adds van Hooydonk. “And it also showcases a new approach to the use of Bayerische Motoren Werke forms which is reflected particularly prominently in the car’s surfacing. A handful of crisp lines mark out clear surfaces, and the car’s volumes are powerfully sculpted. Together, these elements make a forceful statement and create a model brimming with character. In short, this is a driver’s car.”

2018 BMW 8 Series

The flanks: expansive surfaces set within a sporting outline
The silhouette of the BMW Concept 8 Series spreads low and powerfully over the road. The interplay of a long bonnet and flowing roofline bring dynamic allure to the car’s flanks, while the striking upward sweep of the concept’s trailing edge provides a crisp conclusion to the car’s rearward flow and adds another sporting flourish.

Within the car’s silhouette, the refreshingly clean yet also dramatic arrangement of surfaces and forms catches the eye and creates a crisp, modern look. The sharply drawn lines coursing over taut volumes represent a visual promise of the vividly dynamic driving experience that awaits.

A look at the details reveals two expressively styled character lines providing the border for surfacing that appears to be formed by air rushing out of the Air Breathers. Further back, the eye is guided to the pronounced flaring above the rear wheels. The flanks as a whole draw attention to a new aspect of BMW’s expertise in the execution of surfaces. Skilfully molded line sources and flowing highlights accentuate the athletic contours of the BMW Concept 8 Series. And the exclusively developed exterior paint finish Barcelona Grey Liquid – a greyish blue with highly iridescent pigments – shows off the surfacing to optimum effect. Large (21-inch) light-alloy wheels feature a sporty and exclusive multi-spoke design and aero elements, generate visual depth and set the seal of the compelling appearance of the car when viewed in profile.

The front end: sporty, low-slung and visually striking
A large kidney grille, slim twin headlights and large air intakes form a striking, sporty front-end graphic. The classic BMW template has a fresh interpretation here, taking the company’s design language in a different direction. For example, the two kidneys are very low to the road and spread broadly across the front end. Taking inspiration from BMW coupes of years past, the kidneys are brought together by an unbroken frame to form a single large element. The grille widens as it extends downwards, emphasising the dynamic character of the BMW Concept 8 Series. Together with super-slim laser headlights and the hexagonal take on the “twin circular” theme, it brings a focused look to the front end.

The large side air intakes in the front apron intensify the car’s wide, sporting stance on the road and promise a very pure dynamic experience. The carbon-fibre element between them underlines the car’s sporty, high-performance character.

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The rear: bold and modern
Emotional surfacing also dominates at the rear of the BMW Concept 8 Series, creating a low, highly sculpted tail with maximum width-enhancing effect. The rear is defined by the interplay between volumes and lines, which extend around from the flanks and shape the rear section of the car. The powerful wheel arches hint at the car’s dynamic talents and advertise its rear-wheel drive. And the tapering of the passenger cell and the car’s wide track shine a particularly vivid spotlight on this area of the car.

The slim, stretched-out rear lights extend far into the sides of the car and provide a connection between the rear and flanks. The lights themselves take the form of L-shaped blades and project out from the rear. They emphasise the width of the car and its muscular stance on the road, and their slender form gives the rear an ultra-sporty and modern flavor.

The dark, stylised carbon fiber diffuser in the lower section of the rear apron adds extra lightness and a sportier feel to the rear graphic. Large, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes frame the rear section and point to the dynamic driving experience to come.

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The interior: an emotionally rich blend of dynamics and luxury
The interior focuses on the essential: the task of driving. Once behind the wheel, the driver is wrapped in the tightly enclosed ambience typical of sports cars. The surfaces and lines all gravitate forwards and underscore the dynamic driving experience. The grouping of functions into control clusters, e.g. in the center stack, the center console and the doors, gives the interior a clear graphic structure.

Among the standout design elements in the interior are the fluid transition from the instrument panel into the doors and the sporty, enveloping feel of the interior. This impression is magnified by the smooth connection between the centre console and instrument panel, which together form the nucleus of the interior. The high centre console and the instrument panel’s low visual focus add further emphasis to the snug and sporty feeling of space.

The interior of the BMW Concept 8 Series actively explores the contrasts between emotion and engineering, dynamic flair and luxury; its form suggests supreme sportiness, while exquisite materials exude exclusivity and high-grade design. For example, all of the driver’s contact points with the car are brimming with sporting character. The exclusive sports seats are slim in design, the carbon fiber shell providing the basic structure and the finest leather making them the perfect place to sit. The steering wheel continues along similar lines, its hand polished aluminium spokes arrowing forward purposefully, and the red-anodised shift paddles bring the race track to mind. The contrast of aluminium and dark leather on the gripping surfaces emphasises this luxurious sense of sportiness in various details.

Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White lends the interior a high-quality ambience. Accent surfaces in carbon fibre and hand-polished aluminium create deliberate contrasts and radiate a sporty and technical feel. Plus, a faceted ground gearshift lever and the iDrive Controller made from Swarovski glass with a smoky quartz look treat the interior to some modern and classy finishing touches.

A sign of things to come
The BMW Concept 8 Series is a preview of a model which BMW is set to introduce in a similar form in the coming year. The BMW 8 Series Coupe will build on the company’s successful tradition of luxurious sports cars and adds another exciting model – a genuine dream car – to its existing luxury-class line-up.

The BMW 8 Series Coupe will bring together razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury, and set new benchmarks in the luxury coupe segment.

2018 BMW 8 Series

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2 responses to The BMW Concept 8 Series - Official Photos

drlonline commented:
May 30, 2017, 8:36 pm

Will there be a new forum opened up for the new 8 series?
AntDX316 commented:
June 3, 2017, 6:45 pm

If BMW works with Nissan they can have the great GTR AWD performance. I haven't looked into if Nissan has a lot of patents making them overpowered in an unfair position in the AWD racing department. It seems everyone selects it as the choice vehicle for racing and they seem to get low consistent lap times w/ ease. Struggling to get low times and getting smoked by a GTR that cost less money should make you feel sad about the BMW decision if you care about track driving performance a lot. The best way to feel about a comparison for results is to have something at it's best and something else at it's best. Like say you have a super expensive car on the track and get smoked by something a lot cheaper. If you buy a vehicle for super performance and get smoked by something cheaper when you care about performance, imo you f*ed up. I like to analyze why so I feel better like the tires of the other vehicle were stickier but if they weren't. I mean you could try increasing beyond the limits of what is considered safe but if you wreck out then the idea was to get the cheaper method that was proven to be faster and easier you should of just accept there is nothing you can do and stay within limits.
AntDX316 commented:
June 3, 2017, 6:56 pm

Like, the idea should be to make it easy as possible to stay at the highest limit. It should be comfortable to new drivers. Of course you can take a super professional and they find highest performance normal and easy but I think the idea would be to also test mules with drivers who aren't as good. If they get better w/o compromising much of the potential of a super professional I assume people would find it to be a lot better for everything. Like, maybe there should be different suspension handling settings for different drivers instead of just having stability full off, some off, or full on. It should be like oversteer, neutral, understeer. Diff locking for more traction or less traction, percentage wise with different preset settings like 100% lock max or 50% max or 0% max. The sway bars could be changed from super tight or less tight. Like, not where people can do their own setup (well maybe they could with center console settings or with coding that would be hopefully friendly like it was with the E and F models). Say I wanted like oversteer setting then like sway bars, diff, and the way the dampers work change from the awesome testing at the Nurburgring. If I wanted 50/50 oversteer understeer then a lot of the settings change etc. For an understeer setting same thing. Maybe you can go from like full 100% oversteer to 100% understeer with interpolations so you can do like 0-25-50-25-0. This way people could select which they feel best with and gradually move towards oversteer. I don't think anyone does this. It's just off or on with the things or less or more driving aids.
GeorgeBush234 commented:
June 3, 2017, 8:22 pm

Chinga tu madre