BMW presents the redefinition of the sports car. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe combines imposing lateral and longitudinal dynamic performance with poise, assurance and luxury over long distances. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe opens a further chapter in the brand’s successful sports car history and kicks off the premium manufacturer’s model initiative in the luxury segment.
Great news. BMW just unveiled the final production version of the new 8 Series. And if you ignore the PR mambojambo from the press release, the new 8 is absolutely fantastic!
Just look at it. It’s stunning and I haven’t even showed you the good looking one yet. Here it is.
I am overwhelmed. And that’s because I tried to lower my expectations as much as possible, given BMW’s recent history but also because that car really is gorgeous.
So let’s not waste too much time and talk exterior. Surprisingly the car is very similar to the original concept.
The styling is pretty aggressive, you have the big air intakes at the front, a long bonnet and that huge kidney grille that’s now a one piece, just like the M2 competition. The side profile is also pretty cool and the only questionable design elements on the car, for me at least, are at the back.
I’m not really sure about those air intakes at the back, just below the stop lights but also I’m not a fan of the exhaust tailpipes, because as they are now, that means they’ll be pretty much fake.
Other things to note on the outside: there’s the optional laser headlights, the body is made from aluminium, magnesium and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), we have integral active steering, which means the back wheels will be able to turn as well and you also get an optional active roll stabilisation system only for the M850i. Which in theory is going to keep the car level no matter how sharp you turn into a corner.
The interior is brand new and it will most likely make it’s way to the other models as well in the near future. We have a completely new dash, completely new digital instrument cluster, featuring the new iDrive 7.0 graphics, which I’m not a big fan to be honest and some pretty cool new sport seats.
I’m tempted to say that BMW really tried to make a great car in all areas this time around.
To begin with the new BMW 8 Series will be offered in two variants. The 840d featuring a 3l inline six diesel engine capable of producing 320hp and 680Nm of torque and then we have the M850i. Powered by a 4.4l twin-turbo V8, a petrol engine obviously. It can produce 530hp and 750Nm of torque.
0 to 100km/h is 4.9s for the diesel and 3.7 for the petrol.
Unfortunately none of the new BMW 8 Series variants will feature rear-wheel drive or a manual transmission. All cars will be equipped with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and with an eight speed ZF automatic transmission.
Market launch will be November 2018, it will probably require you to sell your house and your kids to get one and I just can’t wait to drive it.