BMW reveals Series 8 concept car

BMW unveiled a new 8 Series Concept in May this year at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Car maker BMW revealed its latest concept car, the Series 8, at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, serving up a taste of what's to come from its high-end Series 8 coupé production model, expected in 2018.

The upcoming BMW Series 8 coupé will succeed the current BMW Series 6, reviving a name previously used for BMW Grand Tourer coupé models in the 1990s. According to BMW, the forthcoming Series 8 coupé will be a perfect blend of razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury, lining itself up for comparison with the Mercedes S-Class coupé.

The concept car unveiled at the Italian Concours d'Elegance showcases a new light design, with slim laser headlights at the front. It also features 21-inch multispoke wheels. On the inside, the driving position has a sporty feel, seating the driver low in carbon-fiber-shell sports seats, as if at the wheel of a race car. High-end materials abound, with carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, Merino leather and Swarovski glass.

A first production model is slated for release in 2018, with a cabriolet likely to follow later. Note that BMW is yet to reveal details of the engine specs.

Check out the BMW Series 8 concept car in this video: