BMW 8 Series Coupe teaser

One area where the new 5-series has leapt ahead of its predecessors is in handling

Based on the teaser photo provided, the 8-Series Concept will have a distinct silhouette, along with BMW's signature headlight and taillight design.

In the interest of accuracy, we should point out the teaser shot released by BMW is a "design study" of a concept vehicle, but previous spy shots have revealed the new 8 Series undergoing testing, so we can say with some certainty it'll look pretty close to the image seen here.

The F30 BMW 3 Series has been enhanced with new, standard equipment as part of a sweeping update to the company's model line-up. Today is a very good day. But now things are different.

"We are refreshing our entire product portfolio and strengthening the performance side".

The German automaker confirmed to Road & Track that its 6-Series Coupe will not return to its lineup for the 2018 model year, although the 6-Series Convertible and the four-door, coupe-esque 6-Series Gran Coupe will stick around. Meanwhile the 6 Series will make way for 8 Series; things are getting clearer only now. "We're looking at every opportunity, and maybe an 8 Series could be such an opportunity". BMW is giving its compact hatchback, coupé and convertible models a mid-life refresh in time for the summer. "It will be a genuine sports coupe". When it will arrive, it will command a significant premium over the 7 Series given its flagship status.

Only one auto has borne the 8 Series mantle before-the big grand tourer built from 1989 to 1999 that famously came in V8 or V12 flavors. Design wise, you can spot the new clusters because the "angel eyes" now have a hexagonal shape in lieu of the older, rounder variant.

An extensive line-up of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines is available for the BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible, producing outputs from 100 kW/136 hp to 250 kW/340 hp (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 – 3.8 l/100 km [34.0 – 74.3 mpg imp]; Carbon dioxide emissions combined: 189 – 101 g/km)*.

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