The Guy Who Designed The BMW 8 Series Concept Lusted After The Original When He Was A Kid

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The new BMW 8 Series Concept is gorgeous. It’s the kind of big grand touring coupe we rarely see anymore. It’s almost as if whoever designed it had a special love for the original 8 Series from the 1990s. Turns out that’s the case after all, and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to remake your favorite car for the modern age, check this out.

John Buckingham, the designer of the new BMW 8 Series Concept, had a favorite car growing up: the BMW E31, otherwise known as the first-generation of the 8 Series, which BMW built from 1989-1999.

Last August, Buckingham met a perfectly-preserved red E31 in person for the first time in a long time. It was cute, and it was caught on video.

Buckingham’s 8 Series Concept looks pretty awesome. It also is looking pretty good on Nürburgring. It also will probably come with a four-door version, which I don’t think I will mind at all.

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BMW stopped making the 8 Series in 1999. It looks like they’ve found exactly the right person to bring it back.

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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dannyzabolotny
dannyzabolotny

So how on earth did he go from this perfection:

To this monstrosity:

The original 8 series was handsome, subtle, and restrained in its design. The new one is woefully overstyled, looking more like a parody of horrible modern car cliches (giant wheels, angry slitted eyes, giant grilles) than a real car.