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The BMW Skytop May Finally Enter Production

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BMW has recently unveiled the one-off Skytop, a targa top version of the 8 Series Convertible, at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. According to BMW Group design boss Adrian van Hooydonk, a production version of the Skytop is being considered, with potentially 20 to 25 cars being built. While pricing details have not been revealed, it is expected that the Skytop will command a significant premium over the $100,500 8 Series Convertible, possibly based on the M8 Convertible, which starts at $148,800.

For many BMW enthusiasts, the price tag is not a significant concern, as seen with the retro-flavored 3.0 CSL, which reportedly sold for around $750,000 compared to the $139,900 regular CSL. The success of Rolls-Royce’s coachbuilt cars, fetching prices as high as $30 million, may also encourage BMW to move forward with the Skytop project. Adrian van Hooydonk believes that there is a market for the Skytop, given the current demand for exclusive and high-priced vehicles like the Z8 that inspired the concept.

The Skytop is not the first concept to be considered for production by BMW. The 2023 Touring Coupe, which was based on the Z4 M40i and featured a distinctive design, was also considered for production. While BMW brand design chief Domagoj Dukec wanted to produce up to 1,000 units, the project ultimately did not move forward. BMW has a history of showcasing beautiful concepts at events like the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, with previous models like the 2008 M1 Hommage and the 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage never making it to production.

It is hoped that the Skytop will break this trend and enter production, even on a limited scale. The design of the Skytop draws inspiration from classic BMW models like the 503, featuring a signature “sharknose” design trait. The targa top roof adds a unique and stylish element to the 8 Series Convertible, appealing to collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate exclusive and high-end luxury vehicles. With the potential for only a limited number of units to be produced, the Skytop could become a highly sought-after collectible in the future.

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