Guess who's back?
In 2013 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW revealed the stunning Gran Lusso Coupe concept to ignite rumours about a possible return of the legendary 8 Series. For this year’s show, the Bavarians are taking a step closer to a production model by introducing the appropriately called '8 Series Coupe Concept'. The full reveal is scheduled for May 26.
We only have a teaser image for now that shows a sleek side profile with a raked roofline and wide rear hips ending with a prominent trunk lid spoiler. If the aforementioned Gran Lusso Coupe pictured below is any indication, this near-production concept will be drop-dead gorgeous and hopefully the final car will follow suit.
BMW is very clear in the press release that this is a “design study” that provides a preview for the production model scheduled to go on sale in 2018. When it arrives, it will command a significant premium over the 7 Series given its flagship status.
Speaking of the 7 Series, the new crown jewel in BMW’s growing lineup will likely be largely based on the luxury saloon from where it will inherit the higher-end engines, all the way up to a V12. The coupe might be only the tip of the iceberg as gossip indicates there are also plans for an 8 Series Gran Coupe and even an M8, but we’ll have to wait and see whether these rumours will pan out.
One thing is for sure, the Mercedes S-Class Coupe will have to face a new rival. With rumours of a possible Audi A9 due in a few years, the battle is heating up in the niche of big and luxurious coupes.