Well, it’s confirmed – BMW will replace the 6 Series with a new model that will mark the return of the 8 Series moniker. Munich will showcase a concept presaging the luxury coupé at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 26, and it has released a new teaser photo to whet our appetites.

From the looks of it, the new car will likely turn heads, with a low nose, a elegant low-slung roofline, rear fender bulges and what appears to be an intricate rear end with an upswept rear deck. The interior should also see a step up in quality and craftsmanship over the current 6er, in order to take the fight to the downright swanky Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé.

As with the new 5 and 7 Series, the 8 Series will be based on the modular Cluster Architecture (CLAR), which uses lightweight materials such as aluminium, magnesium and – in the case of the 7 Series – carbon fibre in order to reduce weight. Expect the 8 Series’ engine lineup to match the 7 Series’, with straight-six, V8 and V12 turbocharged mills in either petrol or diesel forms.

There will also be a high-performance M8, powered by the same engine as the forthcoming F90 M5 – a 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8 producing upwards of 600 hp, sent to all four wheels via an advanced version of BMW’s xDrive system. The transmission is expected to be an eight-speed automatic rather than an M DCT (dual-clutch transmission), which would not be able to handle the torque and isn’t set up for all-wheel drive.