After years and years of rumours, spyshots and leaked images, Munich’s long-awaited flagship luxury coupé has finally come to be. The BMW Concept 8 Series revives an iconic nameplate that has sat dormant ever since the original E31 last rolled off the production line in 1999, and previews a production model that is set to go on sale next year.

It’s certainly a more expressive design than what we’ve come to expect from BMW, with a broad, low stance and large, sweeping surfaces. The imposing front end is dominated by the massive double kidney grille conjoined by a chrome frame and featuring a more dynamic trapezoidal shape.

Meanwhile, the slim headlights with hexagonal corona rings give it a focused look, while the large side air intakes underneath them – flanking a carbon fibre front splitter – emphasise the car’s width and provide plenty of aggression. Along the sides, there are deep cuts within the doors that flow from the Air Breather vents aft of the front wheels, and the pronounced rear fender line adds definition and muscle.

The line that forms over the typical BMW long bonnet flows over the tapered, low-slung glasshouse towards the rear, where it is cut off by a dramatic upswept rear deck – under which sit blade-like L-shaped tail lights. Large vents here mirror those at the front, and there’s also a carbon fibre rear diffuser incorporating the twin exhaust outlets. Sizeable 21-inch wheels and special Barcelona Grey Liquid paint complete the look.

Inside, there’s a familiar driver-focused cockpit upholstered in Dark Brown and Fjord White Merino leather, with a tall centre console and low dashboard providing a snug feel. The slim sports seats feature carbon fibre shells, and the race-style steering wheel gets hand-polished aluminium spokes and red anodised paddle shifters. Adding a luxurious touch are the faceted gearlever and Swarovski glass iDrive controller.

No technical details have been revealed so far, but expect the production 8 Series to 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.

Also expect the engine lineup to match the 7 Series’, with straight-six, V8 and V12 turbocharged mills in either petrol or diesel forms. A high-performance M8 will likely be introduced as well, powered by the M5‘s 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8 producing around 600 hp and over 700 Nm – sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission and M xDrive all-wheel drive.