The 8 Se­ries re­turns

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - JA­SON WOOSEY

BMW HAS has taken the wraps off its shapely new Con­cept 8 Se­ries at the Con­corso d’Ele­ganza Villa d’Este in Italy.

It is es­sen­tially a taster for the new 8 Se­ries Coupé that’s set to hit showrooms in 2018, and ac­cord­ing to BMW, the show­car re­veals “much of what is to come.”

BMW boldly claims that the res­ur­rected 8 Se­ries will “raise the bench­mark” for coupés in its seg­ment, BMW’s de­sign Vice Pres­i­dent Adrian van Hooy­donk de­scrib­ing it as a “lux­u­ri­ous sports car which em­bod­ies both unadul­ter­ated dy­nam­ics and mod­ern lux­ury like ar­guably no other.”

Thus ex­pect BMW to pitch the 8 Se­ries as a sportier al­ter­na­tive to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé.

BMW re­mains tight-lipped about what’s un­der the bon­net of its forth­com­ing 8 Se­ries but word on the street is that it’ll largely mimic the 7 Se­ries with which it shares a plat­form, the line-up likely topped by BMW’s 448kW 6.6-litre tur­bocharged V12. The 240kW 3-litre six-cylin­der and 330kW 4.4-litre V8 tur­bopetrols will al­most cer­tainly fea­ture lower down the range, per­haps with a hy­brid or two thrown in to keep with the times.

Since BMW is po­si­tion­ing this as a lux­ury two-door, air sus­pen­sion is also a very likely fix­ture.

Al­though the con­cept’s de­sign will no doubt be toned down in its tran­si­tion to show­room sen­si­bil­ity, Con­tin­ued on Page 3

BMW’s new large coupé stun­ner will hit showrooms next year.

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