New 2018 BMW 8 Series: official shotJanuary 25, 2018
BMW is set to revive its 8 Series name this year, and the first official images of the production model have been released by the brand. The shadowy teaser pic follows leaked images showing what appears to be the finished car undisguised in a garage.
The flagship 8 Series two-door coupe, set to debut fully in the summer, has been testing in disguise for some time. The new teaser shot, lightened to show more of the car’s shape, shows the sleek rear-end shape and bumper profile as well as rear lights similar to those on the 8 Series concept car.
At the rear, there’s somewhat of a grin where the registration plate will be placed, similar to the rear of the Lexus LC. The rear bumper has been painted black and conceals the two big rear exhausts. While hard to tell, the badge on the right appears to say 850i while the left badge possibly says xDrive, hinting towards a four-wheel-drive 8 Series.
The Concept 8 Series Coupe was revealed at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. Following in its footsteps will be a broadening lineup of new 8 Series models that’s set to include an 8 Series Convertible, 8 Series Gran Coupe and a fiery M8. It was a long and rakish two-door coupe, which had a whiff of Maserati about its proportions. BMW, however, says that the car shows a ‘fresh interpretation of iconic BMW styling cues’.
No official details on the platform or powertrains has been announced, however, Auto Express understands the 8 Series will be based on the same CLAR architecture as the latest 7 Series.
That platform has flexibility to adopt everything from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine right up to a 6.6-litre 12-cylinder motor. Indeed, recent trademark applications suggest that BMW plans to roll out a varied mix of models within the 8 Series range; names within the line-up that have been registered for trademarks include 825, 830, 835, 845 and 850.