The current, second-generation BMW 8 Series was quite a bet for BMW, who took the 6 Series upmarket to create its non-SUV flagship. Speaking of which, escaping the ever-expanding reach high-riders have on the market is no easy task. However, tuners are doing their best to assist the 8er and M8 grand tourers in this mission, be it via real-life or virtual means.
Back in 2020, when the 8 Series family (Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe) had been in production for only two years, the halo car made headlines over US dealers being less than pleased with its sales. And one of the main issues that led to this was the cannibalization from the X7, BMW’s top SUV, a three-row offering that quickly rose to the status of a best-seller.
However, we need to consider that sports cars are under a lot of pressure these days. And if we analyze the 8 Series within its respective segments, we’ll notice this is the dominant figure. Using the complete 2021 sales data, the 8er Coupe and Convertible outsold all the other models in their Sport F segments—this involves more direct competitors like the Mercedes S-Class (the current SL is not included, since it debuted earlier this year), to more expensive offerings ranging from the Bentley Continental to Ferraris and Aston Martins.
That being said, nothing can take away the standout nature of a two-door, especially in today’s automotive landscape, which, if we are to refer to the M8 that brought us here, is dominated by super-SUVs.
This BMW M8 Coupe widebody is wild
And while BMW’s designs were never short on boldness (quite the contrary in some cases), the rendered M8 Coupe widebody kit we have here is one of the most extrovert we’ve seen to date.
The 3D work comes from the digital artist known as 2NCS and it follows the pixel master’s uber-realistic virtual walkaround style—have you seen the “preview” he did for the 2023 Mercedes-AMG CLE 63 that will replace both the C-Class and E-Class Coupes?
Animated by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 making 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, the 2023 BMW M8 is an Autobahn blitzer with a standard 8-speed automatic and xDrive AWD. And the aero displayed here makes sure nobody misses that point.
The massive air intakes up front won’t suit everybody’s taste, but they feature complex air channels for aerodynamic efficiency. At the rear, the diffuser looks like it was lifted off an Italian exotic, while the wing is less outlandish than you might expect based on the elements listed so far.
The artist even introduced his own wheel design for the BMW M8, with this naturally following the styling traits used for the body kit.
Unlike in the case of the 4 Series and the 7 Series, BMW hasn’t made efforts to offer an electric alternative to the 8 Series. And while the current car may be the last combustion effort of the sort, we may see an 8er EV further down the line.