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The BMW 8 Series Is Back, Baby!

The BMW 8 Series Is Back, Baby!

BMW just released the first teaser!

Rumors of BMW planning to revive the 8 Series nameplate have been swirling around for quite a few years, and German brand officials didn’t bother to official confirm or dismiss the claims. But it’s finally official! The 8 Series is coming back, and we have a teaser photo as confirmation. The two-door coupe was confirmed at BMW’s Annual General Meeting in Munich on May 11 and will make its first public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at the end of the month in the form of a concept car. Yey!

Now don’t let the "concept car" formulation ruin your day. The show car will most definitely be followed by a production model. According to BMW, the concept car "provides an exclusive look ahead to the BMW 8 Series Coupe slated for 2018," so we’ll be seeing the actual vehicle in about a year or so. Time for another "yey!," huh? The German firm also said that the concept "embodies uncompromising dynamics and contemporary luxury – the essence of a modern BMW coupe." And the teaser photo seems to confirm just that in terms of exterior design.

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2016 BMW 2002 Hommage

2016 BMW 2002 Hommage

The 2002 Hommage got a new look for the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach

If you look back on this history of the Villa d’Este Concours event, you will find a lot of hype about models like the BMW CSL Hommage from last year and the 328 Hommage from before that. Needless to say, BMW likes to bring the past to present with some interesting concepts that pay tribute to older models from years past. This year, BMW is bringing another “very special model,” called the BMW 2002 Hommage, a model that is based on the BMW 2002 Turbo.

Underneath all the fancy body lines and the little pieces that trigger memories from way back when, the BMW 2002 Hommage is probably just an M2. Be that as it may, it’s still a pretty nice place to start. Adrian van Hooydonk, the Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, said, “Exactly 50 years ago, the 02 range kick-started an era of success for BMW. This compact coupe is one of the vehicles which made the brand what it is today. The 2002 sat at the top of the range and was the first series-produced car anywhere in Europe to come with turbo technology. That set the seal on the coupe as a genuine sports car. At the same time, the 2002 turbo was at the technological vanguard of engine development at BMW. The BMW 2002 Hommage is our way of raising a glass to all these achievements.”

Karim Habib, the Head of Design for BMW Automobiles, believes that the BMW 2002 Hommage “encapsulates BMW’s major motorsport triumphs” and is a “confident statement of unadulterated driving joy.” So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at BMW’s latest concept for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what it’s all about.

Update 08-24-2016: We’ve created a new video that covers the highlights of the BMW 2002 Hommage. Click on play to see it for yourself.

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BMW Will Bring Two Concept Cars To Pebble Beach

BMW Will Bring Two Concept Cars To Pebble Beach

To celebrate its 40th anniversary of operations in North America, BMW is preparing a world premiere of two new concept cars, slated for an unveiling at the upcoming Monterey Car Week. The cars will officially drop cover August 13th at 6:00 p.m. during Bimmer’s annual press conference at the BMW Villa in Pebble Beach, with follow-up appearances planned later in the weekend at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Legends of the Autobahn Concours d’Elegance, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and of course, the esteemed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Several BMW execs will be on hand during the press conference, including Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW North America; Karim Habib, Director of BMW Design; and Dirk Haecker, VP of R&D at BMW M GmbH. 

BMW has not revealed any details on what concepts will be making an appearance, but speculation seems to center on the new 2016 BMW M2 and 2016 BMW M4 GTS, both of which are expected in final production form some time before the end of the year. And considering Dirk Haecker’s presence at the press conference, that’s probably a safe bet.

So far, BMW has only provided us with a teaser image showing a drawing of a very rectangular, racing-style steering wheel, complete with M-brand stitching and enormous gear paddles, a possible indication that a new M car will indeed be part of the debut. 

Other possibilities include the upcoming Z4 successor, a collaborative effort between Toyota and BMW, and a high-performance variant of the 7 Series.

Personally, I’m feeling something techy, perhaps with a hybrid, or even hydrogen drivetrain. What I’d really like to see is the successor to the 2015 BMW i8, but I’m not holding my breath.

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2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage

2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage

Seven years since it unveiled the M1 Hommage, a concept car paying tribute to the iconic M1, or BMW’s only true-blue sports car as of 2015, the Bavarian automaker introduced the 3.0 CSL Hommage at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. As the name suggests, this new concept celebrates the 3.0 CSL, an homologation special launched in 1972 and the brand’s most successful race car. Nicknamed the "Batmobile" due to its extreme aerodynamic package, the 3.0 CSL scored resounding wins at Sebring, Daytona and Talladega, where it defeated the Porsche 935, among other famous race cars. With more than 100 wins under its belt, the 3.0 CSL definitely deserves a modern homage.

“Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, vice president of BMW Design. Although this may sound like a hint of things to come, it’s very unlikely Munich will revive the 3.0 CSL in the 21st century. It remains to be seen whether some of these styling features or parts of the futuristic interior will find their way into a production, but in the meantime the Hommage remains a tribute to the company’s glorious past.

Updated 05/22/2015: BMW unveiled the new 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza.

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BMW Prepares Two Concept Cars For Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2015

BMW Prepares Two Concept Cars For Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2015

Every spring since 1929, automakers and well-to-do enthusiasts from around the world have gathered at the Villa d’Este, a luxury hotel perched on the shores of Lake Como in Cernobbio, Italy, to participate in the Concorso d’Eleganza, an elegance competition (they hate it if you call it a car show) that brings out some of the finest vintage cars and classic motorcycles in existence, not to mention debuts for a variety of concepts and prototypes. For the past 10 years, BMW Group has had the responsibility of organizing the event, and for this year’s gathering, the German automaker is teasing “two sensational exhibits from the field of concept vehicles.”

Details on the concepts are non-existent, but looking to past events for clues, we’ve seen Bimmer use the Concorso d’Eleganza to debut vehicles like the 2008 M1 Hommage, 2013 Gran Lusso Coupe, and 2012 Zagato Coupe. Other standout appearances include the Aston Martin One-77.

The theme for this year is “Seventies Style – The Jet Set is back,” with early European and Japanese superbikes plus many classic Minis scheduled for exhibition. There will also be five unique models from the BMW Art Cars Collection.

The ’70s was a particularly important decade for BMW, with a company-wide restructure and product portfolio reshuffling that saw the launch of the 5 Series, 3 Series, 6 Series, and 7 Series, all crammed into a brief seven-year period between 1970 and 1977. “Many innovations from this era continue to define BMW’s image to this day, from the model designations to the hallmark design cues that typify the brand,” BMW stated in a press release.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be held May 22nd through 24th. Keep it locked to TopSpeed for updates.

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Note: 2012 BMW Zagato Coupe pictured here.

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2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept

Every time we see Pininfarina make the news with a new concept it’s developing, we can’t help but get excited about what the Italian coachbuilder has in store for us.

Well, it looks like Pininfarina is preparing something; a concept, it appears, that will make its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este later this month.

The concept, which has been dubbed as the one-off Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe, was designed and collaborated with BMW and comes as a notable successor to the BMW Z4 Zagato Coupe that BMW and Zagato also introduced at last year’s event.

While the two companies said nothing about it, it has been rumored that the concept is in fact a preview version of a possible 8-Series luxury car. We’re jut hopping it will become reality!

Updated 05/31/2013: BMW and Pininfarina have released a video of Fabio Filippini and Karim Habib outlining the design process and showing how the two companies worked together to create a car that was both a Bimmer and a Pininfarina.

Updated 05/24/2013: BMW has unveiled the official details, images and specs on the new Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé Concept.

Updated 05/7/2013: After revealing the official details on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé, BMW also unveiled a first video revealing some details on the concept’s design. Enjoy!

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Video: BMW i8 Concept at Concorso d'Eleganza

Video: BMW i8 Concept at Concorso d’Eleganza

Have we ever told you Marchettino is our favorite Youtube user? Yes, we know we did, but we are saying it once again! And if you don’t trust us just watch this pretty cool video he has filmed at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The start of the video: BMW i8 Concept.

The BMW i8 Concept is powered by a 220 HP turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine driving the rear axle combined with two electric motors driving the front wheels and that add another 139 HP. As a result the i8 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and will offer a fuel economy of 94 mpg. Top speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.

Impressive numbers for the i8, right? But it has been reported that the future of the hybrid supercar has been endangered. Lets hope not, though!

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Video: BMW Zagato Coupe opened up at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Video: BMW Zagato Coupe opened up at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Last week, we let you in on BMW’s newest creation, the Zagato Coupe, which is obviously based on the 2011 Z4 sDrive35is, sans the ragtop. At that time, we didn’t have any real engine news to give and the details are still pretty spotty at best. We have learned that the engine pumps out a rather impressive-for-its-size 400 horsepower, but that’s not even the most incredible part.

The most impressive part of this Zagato concept is not its power or stunning looks. What draws us in is its impressive sound. This beast does not sound like your typical, comfy BMW. It actually sounds like a purebred racecar just looking for a little asphalt to lay some vulcanized rubber upon. We can now share this sound with you, thanks to a video from Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este of this fantastic Bimmer rolling up to the red judging mat.

One thing that we were waiting for while watching the video was for the driver to get a little randy and accidentally put a little too much foot into it and spray gravel all over the photographers. Thankfully, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este hires only the most professional of folks to drive these display cars and no such thing happened. We are not too sure if we could have resisted the urge to put that 400-horsepower turbocharged beast and the agility of the trailing photographers to the test. And that is why we are not driving cars to the judging mat at these shows!

Enjoy the above video and keep your fingers crossed that BMW will actually release this awesome machine. The video starts a little slow with a series of gratuitous shots of the Zagato’s sexy exterior. You can skip to the 0:57-mark to get right to the piston-pounding action.

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Video: Replica of BMW's 328 Kamm Coupe makes appearance at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Video: Replica of BMW’s 328 Kamm Coupe makes appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

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The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of those annual motor shows BMW fans should make a note of attending as often as they can. This year was no different.

With a laundry list of some of the most prestigious cars ever built under the BMW group in attendance, there wasn’t a shortage of beautiful and exotic cars at the event. One of them being a replica of a 328 Kamm Coupe that was exclusively built by the people from BMW Classic. While only a replica - the original model was lost in the annals of history way back in 1953 - the 328 Kamm Coupe nevertheless drew a sizable crowd, thanks in large part to the car’s long-held esteem as one of the rarest and most sought-after cars in history.

Check out the video and see one of BMW’s most prestigious race cars in its history. Never mind if it’s a replica; it still looks as good as the original one.

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Concorso d'Eleganza Villa D'este 2007 - dream cars from every era

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’este 2007 - dream cars from every era

This year sees the BMW Group acting as patron of the traditional Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for the ninth time. Initial highlights of this year’s edition of the premier event on Lake Como were already announced during the press conference at the 77th Geneva Motor Show.
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Holger Lapp, Chairman of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Mobile Tradition, announced at the press conference that the Concorso success story would (...)

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BMW brings endurance racing to Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

BMW brings endurance racing to Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

BMW of North America, LLC and BMW Mobile Tradition will display two important pieces of the company’s endurance racing history at the March 9th - 11th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island will host the event and the first-ever North American visit of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy-winning 1939 BMW RS 500 Supercharged Racing Motorcycle as well as the 1941 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Roadster. BMW enthusiasts will also enjoy seeing two racing cars (...)

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2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

2007 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

The most traditional of all beauty contests for classic automobiles and contemporary concept cars - the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este - takes place on 21 and 22 April next year in Cernobbio on Lake Como.
In addition to numerous exceptional classics, a range of forward-looking concept cars and prototypes will contribute to this colourful gathering against the picturesque backdrop of the aristocratic Grand Hotel Villa d’Este. This is the image reproduced on the official event poster for (...)

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