The Gran Lusso Coupe Concept that BMW introduced to us at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Estate made us think that maybe the 8 Series will make a comeback, but the company never mentioned it to us. However, at this year’s show, they are introducing a concept they call the 8 Series Coupe, which sounds pretty straightforward. And Harald Krüger, BMW chairman had just confirmed that it is slated for arrival in 2018. So now, it seems that the upcoming 8 Series is coming close to production, as it will be fully revealed on May 26.
As of now, we will have to deal with a teaser image of the concept. Though the image does not give us plenty of details, it shows an outlined silhouette of the 8 Series’ side profile - it seems like the model will have a raked roofline and wide rear hips that is complemented by a prominent spoiler at the trunk lid that is pointing upwards.
BMW did say in a press release that the Gran Lusso is a “design study” of a model that will soon reach its production phase. It’s also said to be headed for a 2018 release. Perhaps the Gran Lusso Coupe is an indication of how the 8 Series will look, and if the near-production concept will somewhat look like it, then it will definitely be gorgeous. Having said that, the 8 series will definitely be a more premium line over the 7 Series.
The 8 Series Coupe will be “a true luxury sports coupe” said Krüger, and that they will be a leader in the luxury segment once this car is out in the market. He even said that it will be like adding a genuine dream car to their lineup, as it will add on to one of their luxurious sports coupes.
BMW announced this the same week after it was confirmed that the 6 Series Coupe has already halted production. So there is now a missing segment in the company’s lineup, which the 8 Series Coupe will probably replace.
In case you didn’t know, the first 8 Series made its debut back in 1989 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Some loved it, but others hated it. It was pretty futuristic back then, in terms of design and the technology. Plus, it came in a V8 or a V12 engine. Despite all that its supposedly incredible qualities, it failed in the market, with its intimidating price tag and its complicated nature.
After the many years of speculating about the comeback of the 8 Series, it is finally happening, and it will most probably be BMW’s first luxury flagship.