Spied! BMW M8 Barely Even Tries to Cover up
Almost a year ago, BMW officially confirmed plans to bring back the 8 Series. A few weeks later, it showed off the gorgeous Concept 8 Series. But as fantastic as the 8 Series looked in concept form, we had to wonder how it would make the transition to production. Would it lose its good looks in favor of a more generic, watered down design? Based on this barely camouflaged M8 prototype caught testing in Sweden, it doesn’t look like that’s the case.
With only a tiny bit of camouflage hiding the car’s shape up front, the headlights and grille are easy to make out, as are the power bulges on the hood. Overall, the look is a bit more restrained than an exotic like the Aston Martin DB11 or even the Lexus LC 500, but it’s still a handsome coupe that should give the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe a run for its money.
The rear end, on the other hand, looks questionable at best. But before jumping to conclusions, take a closer look at the back. It appears that BMW screwed extra camouflage to the prototype’s body in an attempt to hide the rear end. Besides, we’ve already seen an official teaser that shows more graceful rear styling.
One detail we hope ends up on the production version is the exhaust. Instead of adding stylized tips, this prototype has a good old-fashioned quad exhaust. In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine the production exhaust going undecorated, but earlier prototypes have all rocked the same look.
Thankfully, the wait for more information is probably almost over. BMW’s teased what looks like an 8 Series Gran Coupe concept for Geneva this week, and odds are good that the production coupe will finally be revealed before it goes on sale later this year.