• This is Probably What the New BMW 8 Series Should Have Looked Like

A YouTube graphic designer gives BMW a great idea for a "hommage" model

By this moment in time, we’ve seen the retro-futuristic design in many incarnations. We’ve seen the American trio – Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, the Alpine A110, and now the soon-to-arrive Nissan 400Z. They all harken back to their originals from the 1960s and 1970s. That said, a design from the 1980s is a bit trickier to reinterpret. TheSketchMonkey has decided to take the challenge and gives us his take on what the current BMW 8 Series would look like. His YouTube channel has been around for a while and this is just one of the graphic designer’s many projects.

This is Probably What the New BMW 8 Series Should Have Looked Like
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The first-generation BMW 8-Series was the brand’s flagship back in 1990 and was a mix of 1980s and 1990s design cues. The SketchMonkey tackles this by enhancing the lines and proportions of the gran-tourer. Pop-up headlights are cool, but not exactly good for aerodynamics. Hence, they have to go. Even the E31 M8, which outside of the prototype was never made did away with those. TheSketchMonekey’s idea for the front end seems to incorporate design elements from both the i8 and the Nazca concept.

This is Probably What the New BMW 8 Series Should Have Looked Like
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The BBS-style wheels are a trademark of 1980s and 1990s BMWs, but sadly they must free the wheel arches for bigger more contemporary ones. The YouTuber/designer does a great job at modernizing the profile, by adding extra curves and crеases to the side. The black trim on the side is another trademark of the 1990s, hence the designer did away with it.

This is Probably What the New BMW 8 Series Should Have Looked Like
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The roofline is also altered, now scoring a more elegant and swooping line. In the real world, this would mean a bit less headroom, but it’s certainly more pleasing to the eye. Overall, TheSketchMonkey has done a great job of modernizing the E31 without compromising its looks. We can definitely see BMW making something like this as part of their “homage” lineup, just like they made the 3.0 CLS Hommage and M1 Hommage.

BMW 8 Series specifications
Engine type N63B44T3
Cylinders 8
Valves per cylinder 4
Stroke mm 88.3
Bore mm 89.0
Displacement cm³ 4,395
Compression rate :1 10.5
Engine power 523 HP @ 5,500 - 6,000 RPM
Engine torque 553 LB-FT @ 1,800-4,600 RPM
Transmission type 8HP76 Sport automatic
0-60 mph seconds 3.8 seconds
Top speed mph 155 mph
Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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