BMW Presented the Concept 8 Series to the World
Recently, BMW unveiled the Concept 8 Series for its world debut at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy. While the vehicle still technically just a concept, it’s expected that the finished design will be quite alike the vehicle showcased at Lake Como, with exterior changes made so as to conform to safety standards.
It’s evident from the first impression that the 8 Series is an absolute beauty. The iconic kidney grille is framed by laser headlights, while the vehicle’s elegant, sporty silhouette is enhanced by the long hood, fluid roofline and rear fender flares. One feature we’re fervently hoping makes the transition to the production model is the 21-inch wheels that support the vehicle.
The interior features two-tone leather and micro-suede seating with contrast stitching, a digital instrument cluster and a squared-off steering wheel. The next-generation of BMW iDrive makes its debut with the Concept 8 Series, and features a Swarovski crystal rotary controller because, well, why not?
Word is that the 8 Series will offer a standard turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine, with the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that’s currently featured in the 750i available as an upgrade. Both are expected to pair to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system should be available as an option.
The 8 Series is expected to be offered in three models: a cabriolet, a two-door coupe, and a four-door Gran Coupe.
At BMW of Mobile, we’re eager to find out what the final production version of the 8 Series looks like when it’s released in 2018.