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2018 BMW 8 Series rendered, based on official teaser (video)

May 23, 2017

Remember the news of BMW confirming a new 8 Series? A digital artist has put together a rendering of what the car might look like.

Based on the official teaser image, which was a dark silhouette-style preview of the side profile, digital artist Jan Peisert has drawn what could very well be a pretty accurate depiction of the new grand tourer.

In the front guard you see BMW’s vent which has become a bit of a trademark on modern two-door models including the 4 Series and 6 Series, while toward the back is a defined rear haunch to highlight the width and presence of the 8 Series, similar to what is seen on the official teaser.

The rear end and taillight arrangement, with an integrated lip spoiler and iconic rear quarter window, looks about spot on in our opinion. At the front is where things go a little sketchy (pardon the pun) in our view. The headlights appear too tightly crimped and the lower intakes seem too large.

Overall though this rendering definitely gives us at least some insight into what the new model could look like. It will come in as a two-door version of the 7 Series, a bit like the 6 Series is kind of like a two-door version of the 5 Series, and 4 Series to the 3 Series, and so on.

BMW last produced the 8 Series back in 1999. It was available in 840i and 850i trim (and variations), featuring either a V8 or V12 engine, respectively. At this stage it’s too early to tell if BMW will reintroduce a V12, although a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 is very likely.

Check out the video below to see how Jan Peisert came up with the design.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.