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A sneak peek at the BMW 8 series that will be resurrected in 2018

And boy does it look slick, Swarovski gearstick and all.

These are exciting times for Bimmer aficionados. The German automaker is bringing out the big guns to contest the increasingly competitive luxury car arena, in the form of a refreshed BMW 8 Series, the brand’s most luxurious line of coupes.

The last 8 Series wrapped up a 10-year production run in 1999, during which it was the brand’s flagship coupe. The new line will replace the outgoing 6 Series.

A prototype – termed the Concept 8 series – was recently revealed at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como.

The 8 Series will be based on this concept and is targeted at a 2018 launch. If one thing stands out in the aggressive and masculine design language, it’s the tapered outer edges of the front grille, a marked departure from what has been a relatively consistent element. A sure sign that great things have been planned for the grand tourer.