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The BMW Skytop could finally enter production

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The BMW Skytop could finally enter production


Just like the Touring Coupe revealed last year at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the Skytop is just a one-off model. However, the German luxury brand could change its mind provided enough people are willing to pay an obscene amount of money for the 8 Series Convertible with a Targa roof. Talk with Automotive NewsBMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk said a production version was being considered.

He estimates that between 20 and 25 cars could be built. Pricing hasn’t been mentioned, but Skytop would certainly demand a huge premium over the 8 Series Convertible donor car, priced at $100,500. Given that the concept featured the most powerful V8 BMW had ever used, it was likely based on the M8 convertible, available from $148,800.

For many BMW enthusiasts, money isn’t really an issue. The Munich-based brand reportedly charged around $750,000 for the 3.0 CSL, which was essentially a restructured M4 CSL with a manual gearbox and a bit more power. The regular CSL sold for $139,900, making the retro-flavored CSL 3.0 nearly five and a half times more expensive. The BMW Group is likely also encouraged to greenlight Skytop by the success Rolls-Royce has had with its coachbuilt cars, some of which reportedly sold for as much as $30 million.

Adrian van Hooydonk believes there is a market for Skytop, based on how much people are willing to pay these days for a Z8 that the new concept is based on. The magnificent roadster was far less exclusive, with 5,703 cars built from 1998 to 2003. The targa-roofed 8 Series convertible also took inspiration from the 503 and brought back the signature ‘shark nose’ design trait.



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2023 BMW Concept Touring Coupe

The 2023 Touring Coupe we mentioned earlier was also considered for production at one point. Initially, the plan was to build just nine, but BMW brand design chief Domagoj Dukec wanted up to 1,000 units. It would have been easier to homologate the coupe based on the Z4 M40i which brought back the clown shoe. However, this ultimately never happened as BMW pulled the plug on the project.

BMW has a long history of launching beautiful concepts at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Unfortunately, none of them saw the light of day in production. The 2008 M1 Hommage comes to mind, but there were others, including the 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage, the 2011 328 Hommage, and the 2013 Pininfarina-penned Gran Lusso Coupe. Hopefully the Skytop will break with tradition and enter production, even if it will be limited.

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