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BMW Concept 8-Series

3rd June, 2017

By ASWAN YAP

The BMW Concept 8-Series is the essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study. But more than just a concept, it is actually a preview of a new BMW model that will be launched next year. This is the new 8-Series Coupe and which is 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 Kruger.

“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,” he said.

“The BMW Concept 8-Series reveals much of what is to come,” explained Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine…. 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 immediately recognisable as a BMW but also displaying new design ideas and form-building techniques. The design provides a fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling cues and also showcases a new approach to the use of forms which is reflected particularly prominently in the car’s surfacing.

The flanks have expansive surfaces set within a sporting outline, while the silhouette 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.

The interior has an emotionally rich blend of dynamics and luxury, focussing on the essential task of driving. Once behind the wheel, the driver is wrapped in the tightly enclosed ambience typical of sportscars. The surfaces and lines all gravitate forwards and underscore the dynamic driving experience.

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 exclusive sports seats are slim in design, the carbonfibre 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.

Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White lends the interior a high-quality ambience. Accent surfaces in carbonfibre and hand-polished aluminium create deliberate contrasts and radiate a sporty and technical feel. 7 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.

BMW also reveals that an M8 is also planned as ‘the icing on the cake’ of the new 8-Series line-up. This powerful variant will have classic M features like larger air intakes, modified brakes and a sports exhaust with four tailpipes which hint at the significantly boosted power and dynamic potential of the car.

“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8-Series and the M model have run in parallel,” explained Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division. “The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8-Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

Development is also underway of a race-spec car – the BMW M8 GTE – to spearhead the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans. An initial roll-out will take place before the middle of this year with a race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January 2018.

   
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