BMW gives us our best look yet at upcoming 8 Series flagship

Later this year will herald the return of a nameplate last seen in the 1990s. The BMW 8 Series is set to be revived as a new flagship of the Bavarian brand's range, and now we've been given the most revealing glimpse yet at how the super-coupe will look.

Camouflaged images reveal a near-production model of the 8 Series being endurance tested at a track in Aprilia, Italy. BMW engineers are seeking to optimise the car's dynamics on track, taking it one step closer to full production.

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These images released by BMW show the car in its hard-top Coupe form, with a sleek and shapely rear end incorporating a steeply sloped rear window and distinctive duck-tail boot lid. Twin exhaust exits can also be seen, though the camouflage removes any detail of the taillights.

At the front, narrow LED headlights are visible, along with an incarnation of BMW's famed 'kidney grille'.

The car has also been spotted testing in Convertible form before, confirming the vehicle will be available with both hard and soft-tops.

The car is due on sale in November, and will rival other large coupes including the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Bentley Continental GT. It's expected to share much of its underpinnings with the 7 Series luxury saloon, with a top-spec M8 variety delivering nearly 600bhp from an upgraded version of the latest BMW M5's 4.4-litre V8 engine.

Images of the car's interior have not been revealed, but expect to see the same high-tech innovations as found in the latest 7 Series – including semi-autonomous capability and remote self-parking.

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