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BMW Skytop concept looks like an 8 Series with a Targa roof

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BMW Skytop concept looks like an 8 Series with a Targa roof


BMW loves to unveil concept cars at Villa d’Este. This year is no different, with the German automaker unveiling the Skytop Concept, a roofless two-seater coupe that the company says takes inspiration from its previous models.

“The BMW Concept Skytop is a truly unique and exotic design, in the tradition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. “It offers a combination of driving dynamics and elegance at the highest level, comparable to its historic ancestors, such as the BMW Z8 or the BMW 503.”

BMW Concept Skytop (2024)

The links with the Z8 roadster are obvious. The Skytop’s slim taillights and shark-nose front end are clear design inspirations from the early 2000s roadster. The sculpted hood design, small headlights and unique flat rear remind us of the 503 from the late 1950s.

At a glance, however, you might think the Skytop was just a restructured 8 Series. It has similar proportions and uses the 617-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 from the M8 Competition. We wouldn’t be surprised if BMW simply used an M8 as a base and redesigned the lines.

BMW doesn’t give any further technical or performance specifications, but if we had to guess, the Skytop also uses the M8 Competition’s eight-speed automatic transmission and trick all-wheel-drive system.

The production car theme continues inside. The dashboard layout appears to be lifted straight from the 8 Series, with a familiar digital gauge cluster, infotainment screen, center console and gear selector. While the leather-covered seats and steering wheel look lovely, it’s clear that they’re also from production.

BMW Concept Skytop (2024)

The single roll bar behind the seats, however, is completely bespoke and features an electrically retractable window. The roof is a two-piece element that can be removed manually and stored in the trunk.

Although the Skytop is likely production based, we doubt it will ever see an assembly line. BMW already makes the 8 Series coupe and convertible, so we assume a sleek targa version would be cannibalized in the lineup, no matter how cool it is.

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