This could be our best look yet at the BMW 8 Series before it's official reveal.
BMW answered the prayers of its long-time enthusiasts when it revealed that the beloved 8 Series coupe is making a belated comeback to replace the 6 Series. Set to go on sale next year after an 18-year hiatus to rival the new Mercedes S-Class, the new 8 Series is expected to become BMW's next flagship coupe, so expectations are high. We're waiting in anticipation for the concept previewing the final design to be revealed in just a matter of days at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este before the luxury coupe's official reveal.
Ahead of the event, talented render artist Jan Peisert, whose work includes stunning renders previewing the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar, has sent us some enticing design images showing how the production 8 Series could look, potentially giving us the most accurate preview yet. If the final design looks as bold and beautiful as this, we're already sold. Using BMW's teaser illustration of the 8 Series Concept Coupe as a basis, Peisert has visualized the raked roof and muscular rear wheel arches previewed in the sketch while using spy shots to fill in the missing details, producing a profile shot that boasts similar proportions to the original 8 Series with a more sporty look overall.
Rumor has it that the new 8 Series will pave the way for the BMW M8 that never was, so of course Peisert had to produce a separate design showing how a potential M8 could look, just to whet our appetite. The 8 Series has been given the full M car treatment, with larger air intakes on the front fender, a blacked out front grille, larger M wheels, a quad exhaust, side air intakes and a carbon fiber roof. A convertible model could also be on the cards, so don't be surprised if Peisert removes the roof of the M8 for his next project. A range of engines are expected to be available, including the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 from the new 7 Series and possibly a V12 from a Rolls-Royce.
Question is, will the new 8 Series become as iconic as its predecessor? Peisert tells us that he doesn't think so, since the original was "more shocking and ahead of its time back in the day," whereas the new one is essentially a coupe version of the current 7 Series. You can see Peisert work his magic in the accompanying video showcasing his Photoshop wizardry.