This BMW 8 Series Could Be Hiding A Mid-Engine Test Vehicle

BMW unveiled the 8 Series CoupĂ© almost two years ago. Since then, the automaker has introduced the convertible, the four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe and the more capable M8. Sales of the expensive BMW haven’t taken off, although it’s still too early for a mid-cycle refresh. However, a new batch of spy photos shows a partially camouflaged 8 Series coupe with some weird features that make us scratch our heads.

At a glance, nothing is out of the ordinary. However, on closer inspection, you can spot the changes. On the one hand, the rear side windows are gone, replaced by vents and blackened coverings. What does BMW need to cool in the trunk? The rear window is also covered, trying to obscure everything below. However, it’s not fully covered, although we couldn’t see the back from the photographer’s perspective.

There are other more subtle modifications made to the car. Up front, the lower grille and intake covers are gone. You can spot the intercoolers hidden behind the skirt. Camouflage covers the rest of the front clip, although we can still see the headlights. At the rear, everything is covered, including the taillights, which aren’t production units you see coming out. The lower rear bumper features a different diffuser design than what we saw, with the exhaust cutouts appearing to be larger than on other 8 Series models.

There aren’t many parts of a car in the back that would require cooling unless the engine was sitting in the back. That would explain the side windows and the rear window, but it seems doubtful that BMW will still build a mid-engined car. There were reports earlier this year that the German automaker had canceled its hybrid supercar, which could have benefited from such a powertrain arrangement. We doubt that is it; However, we also don’t know what BMW is doing, so everyone’s guessing this nipple vehicle.

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