Top Shelf: BMW Concept 8 Series

Earlier today, I was walking in the East Village and saw a new BMW 7-Series parked outside. It was raining kind of hard, and the car was shining like it had just been waxed crazily, even with the rain hitting it heavily. It’s a bigger car than I usually prefer, but in just looking at it, I couldn’t deny how nice of a vehicle it was. BMW is not only a favorite of ours here at AA, but they’re really such a great company in terms of being luxurious without the pretentious feel. I really had to marvel at its beauty out there today, and that sighting is partly what’s inspired this post for all you Bimmer fans out there. 

At this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW has taken the opportunity to unveil its new Concept 8 Series. The vehicle in turn acts as a preview of BMW’s 8 Series Coupe, which is scheduled to arrive in 2018.
“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” explains Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger. 

“The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand. This will be the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment. In the process, we will strengthen our claim to leadership in the luxury class.”

In showcasing what is to come from the German manufacturer, “The BMW Concept 8 Series is our take on a full-blooded high-end driving machine,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It is a luxurious sports car which embodies both unadulterated dynamics and modern luxury like arguably no other. For me, it’s a slice of pure automotive fascination.”
In combining the past with the future, the exterior highlights the interplay of a long bonnet and flowing roofline bringing explosive allure to the car’s flanks. The concept then boasts pronounced rear haunches and an aggressive rear bumper, while focusing on BMW’s commitment to air vents in the front fender. The vehicle is ultimately complemented by 21-inch wheels.

On the inside you will find a digital instrument cluster, squared-off steering wheel, and two-tone leather and microsuede with contrasting stitching, while the futuristic iDrive architecture comes equipped with a rotary controller made from Swarovski glass with a smoked quartz finish.

The entry level engine is said to be BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, as you can also look forward to an impressive twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, seen in the 750i. 

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