There has been an assault on coupes. In the last decade, we've seen the word coupe be grossly misused for cars that are definitely not close to being coupes. They have three doors, they're SUVs, and, the worst part, they have four doors.
BMW has been one of the offenders with cars like the Gran Coupe, which is not a big coupe but a four door sedan based on the 6-Series or 4-Series, and the X4 and X6, which are not "Sports Activity Coupes" but SUVs with less useful space. When we received word that the company had discontinued the 6-Series coupe for the US without so much as a word, we had assumed the worst, that BMW was done with coupes and would only be giving us these Franken-coupes instead.
Those worries were premature.
This is the BMW 8-Series Concept, and it is distinctly, unapologetically, and thankfully very much a coupe. You might remember the 8-Series from way back in the 90s when it was a V8 and V12 powered wedge with pop-up headlamps and a look that was kind of M1-on-steroids.
This 8-Series is more of a next generation 6-Series that was photocopied on 120 percent. It's imposing, but also sleek, with a massive, curved kidney grille, narrow headlights, and what seems like a very low hood. Out back we have some good looking OLED taillights, like in the M4 GTS.
The interior actually looks closer to production than we expected. While there is a wheel that'll clearly not make it when the car gets built, the gauges, shifter, iDrive, center console, and pretty much everything else looks like something from a regular car.
And this will almost definitely become a real car. As we've heard, the 8-Series will become BMW's new large coupe offering as the 6-Series goes away to either die or allegedly become a replacement for the weird 5-Series GT.
Thankfully, the debut of the 8-Series will make the sting of losing the 6 a little less painful.
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