Ever since news broke that BMW would be dropping the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible, fans have been highly interested in the upcoming 8 Series. Not that a new BMW 8 Series doesn’t warrant attention on its own, but fans want to see what the next BMW grand-touring coupe will be like without the smaller 6 Series around.

Well, we’ve received some more spy photos of the BMW 8 Series, in both Coupe and Convertible spec, driving around Munich. While the spy photos don’t really offer anything we haven’t already seen, as there isn’t a difference in the way BMW’s camouflaged it, we do get more clear looks at it.

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It’s very low, sleek and aggressive looking, which is good. Its overall profile is very attractive and we can see the beginnings of what will be a very sexy coupe. Just in the 8 Series body shape, it has all of the right elements for a proper grand tourer — long hood, short rear deck and muscular rear haunches.

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In Convertible form, it looks extremely long, as the soft-top roof accentuates the car’s overall length. The length and shape actually remind me quite a bit of the Aston Martin DB9, still one of the best looking cars ever made. If the 8 Series can bring even half the charm of the DB9, it’s going to be a stunning car. I also like how BMW stuck with the soft-top roof, rather than going for a folding metal roof. The soft-top, while maybe not as “premium” to some buyers, offers more elegance than a metal roof. There’s a whiff of class to a fabric roof that a folding metal one doesn’t have. It’s why Rolls Royce still uses a soft-top, rather than a hard-top, for its convertible options.

Overall, I really like the way this BMW 8 Series is shaping up. In both Coupe and Convertible form, there’s a sort of refined aggression and muscularity to their designs. We won’t be able to see more of them for awhile but, from what we can tell, the future of the 8 Series looks bright.

[Photos: Matski]