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New BMW 8 Series Coupe confirmed, officially previewed

May 11, 2017

Rumours of a BMW 8 Series coupe revival have now been officially confirmed by the Bavarian car manufacturer, with the first official teaser for a design study before its debut later this month.

Days after announcing the discontinuation of the 6 Series Coupe, a large GT silhouette appears, with BMW’s signature laser headlamps, a long bonnet, and rear decklid with integral spoiler. A muscular character line will give the car hips, while the sloping roofline means this could be a 2+2.

The 8 Series will go into production in 2018, rivalling the Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB11 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe for the title of the most stately luxury coupe.

Considering the 7 Series utilises a carbon-fibre-intensive structure and is available with a twin-turbocharged V12 engine, it is not a stretch to predict these inclusions for the new 8 Series.

The last BMW 8 Series was sold in Australia with pop-up headlights and an iconic shape. It was available with either a 4.0-litre V8 or 5.0-litre V12, between 1990 and 1998.

We look forward to bringing you pictures of the design study when it is unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza on the 26th of May.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

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