The 8-series is another BMW that deliberately avoids sharp edges, heavy stamp folds and super narrow cutlines. “This car is a sculpture,” claims senior designer Adrian Van Hooydonk. In this case, Henry Moore’s work was definitely more of an inspiration than Pablo Picasso. The frameless door windows are a nice touch, but why not delete these annoying B-pillars?
BMW let us have a taste of what will come on a gravel track leading to Villa Erba shortly after the unveiling of the 8-series concept on the 2017 Concorso d ‘ Elegance Villa d’este. Fitting to the class, a quick rod of the accelerator sent the rear wheels that turned, accompanied by a throaty, V-8-like growl. Electric caregivers were called to action after an exaggerated patch of the steering wheel, and there was no significant use of the brake pedal to cover the shiny 21-inch wheels with dust.
In addition to the coupe (codenamed G14), we will see a convertible (G15) and, almost certainly, a Gran Coupe (G16) due in 2019. In addition to this threesome, the M8 coupe (F92) and 2020 will give a high-performance M8 Gran Coupe (F93). BMW would look forward to a combined annual performance in the range of 10,000 units.
Although the exercise of driving the BMW 8 Series concept does not offer many insights, it makes the appetite for the real thing. We will learn more about the car later this year when BMW unleashes the first models of the series with 8 series on the test bench of Miramas.