After premiering the BMW Concept 8 Series Coupe and the BMW Concept Z4 Roadster on the Reviewing Stand at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last August, BMW is taking the wraps off of the production versions of those two models with the World premiere of the all-new BMW Z4 Roadster and the North American premiere of the all-new BMW M850i Coupe – the first of a new line of BMW 8 Series models. In addition, BMW is presenting the stunning BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe for the first time in North America.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
Since its inception, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has combined a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles. BMW will once again have its signature display in the center of the show field for this exclusive event on Friday August 24. This year, the BMW display will feature the all-new BMW Z4 Roadster.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a celebration of motorsport history that brings approximately 550 race cars together in one open paddock for everyone to enjoy. Each accepted car, from more than 1,000 entry applications received, is scrutinized and accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion runs from Thursday August 23 until Sunday August 26.
BMW will supplement its paddock display with three iconic BMWrace cars. The first is the No. 2 1981 BMWM1 IMSA Group 4 that was campaigned by BMWof North America at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Mosport during the 1981 season and driven by the likes of David Hobbs, Mark Surer, and Dieter Quester. The BMWM1, the first ‘M’ car, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and powered by a Paul Rosche-designed 3.5-liter, twin-cam 6-cylinder “M88” engine, mounted amid-ship, debuted at the 1978 Paris auto Show to the admiration of the world’s motoring press. Now, 40 years later, the M1 is one of the most collectable of BMW’s historic models.
The second display car is none other than the BMW of North America Stars and Stripes liveried, BMWPower, 1996 McLaren F1.
The third race car on display is the No. 25 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM that propelled BMW Team RLL drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner to second place in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer standings in the 2015 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.
The week-long activities culminate with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the 18th Green of the Pebble Beach Golf Course overlooking Carmel Bay on Sunday August 26. BMWwill be represented on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn with the North American Premiere of the BMWConcept M8 Gran Coupe.
The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept illustrates the meaning behind the letter “M” at BMW in impressive style: it stands for more of everything. As well as dynamic excellence, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe embodies a new facet of luxury for the BMW brand – ultra-sporty, extroverted and polarizing. “The BMW8 Series will take over as the new flagship model of the BMW line-up and, as such, combines unsurpassed sportiness and elegance,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe offers a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW8 Series.”
The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is more than simply a luxury sports car with four doors. It symbolizes a new and unique understanding of luxury.
“The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe is designed to stir things up, to polarize – it should move you emotionally,” explains Domagoj Dukec, Vice President Design BMWM and BMWi. “With this car we want to reach people who are looking for something special and who want to stand out from the crowd. Here, BMWM is unmistakably taking luxury out of its comfort zone.”