With the 6 Series barely in its grave, BMW has taken the unusual step of previewing its successor, the 2018 8 Series, in sketch form. At today’s Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger announced the arrival of the 8 Series in concept form. The concept will debut at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May 2017. The design study will provide thinly veiled look at the BMW 8 Series Coupe slated for 2018. According to BMW, “The concept car embodies uncompromising dynamics and contemporary luxury – the essence of a modern BMW coupe.”

“The BMW 8 Series Coupe will build on our tradition of luxurious sports coupes and add a genuine dream car to our line-up – a slice of pure automotive fascination,” said Krüger, looking ahead to the new model. “The 8 Series Coupe will underpin our claim to leadership in the luxury segment. I can tell you today that this will be a true luxury sports coupe.”

Or in other words this will be larger and more luxurious than the 6 Series that preceded it.