8 Se­ries will get M model

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS -

From Page 1

there are many clues here as BMW read­ily ad­mits.

Rid­ing on 21-inch al­loys, the Con­cept 8 Se­ries has that char­ac­ter­is­tic long bon­net and rear­ward flow­ing roofline, as well as broad and mus­cu­lar shoul­ders, pierced by long L-shaped tail­lights. The front end flaunts slim laser head­lights and a par­tic­u­larly large in­ter­pre­ta­tion of BMW’s kid­ney grille.

BMW says it aimed for a sportscar-like am­bi­ence in the cabin, with a com­part­men­tal de­sign and car­bon-fi­bre shell seats, but de­sign­ers also added some classy touches such as the iDrive con­troller made from Swarovski glass and enough high-qual­ity leather to start its own cat­tle farm.

More de­tails on the pro­duc­tion coupé will emerge in 2018, and a con­vert­ible ver­sion is also well within the realm of pos­si­bil­ity for fur­ther down the line.

BMW also showed off the M8 ver­sion in pro­to­type form, al­beit fully cam­ou­flaged.

Re­vealed on the Nür­bur­gring ahead of last week­end’s 24-hour race, the work­ing pro­to­type shows us the new 8’s ba­sic sil­hou­ette, broad shoul­ders and large kid­ney grille. In keep­ing with its M sta­tus, the most po­tent 8 Se­ries will have larger air in­takes and a sports ex­haust sys­tem with four tailpipes.

BMW re­mains se­cre­tive about what’s un­der the bon­net, but an ed­u­cated guess is that it’ll get a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the next M5’s twin-turbo V8, while also bor­row­ing its si­b­ling’s new all-wheel drive sys­tem. BMW’s mo­tor­sport di­vi­sion is also de­vel­op­ing an M8 GTE race car to spear­head the com­pany’s re­turn to Le Mans. The GTE is ex­pected to make its race de­but at the Day­tona 24 Hours in Jan­uary next year.

- IOL Motoring

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.