The Return of the BMW 8 Series Coupe
Added: 10 July 2018
It’s been two decades since the Bavarian brand had an 8 series in their lineup but now, finally in 2018, it is back on sale and better than ever.
BMW are claiming that, with the 8 series, they have produced a car that packs a wider depth of capability than its closest rivals in the luxury saloon market. They say that the 8 series is a flagship car that not only matches the opulence of its nearest competitor, but also has the performance of a sports car.
BMW 8 Series Coupe: New Distinctive Design
The new BMW 8 series was created to set a new design language for all forthcoming models, following a more contemporary and cleaner style. That being said, it’s understandable why BMW haven’t drifted too far away from the original concept model that we saw back in 2017.
The sleek front end of the 8 series is distinctive, with an imposing front grille that replicates the ‘shark nose’ BMW grand tourer styling from the 1980’s. The kidney grilles are a lot wider than the previous model and this time they have closeable flaps which can be used to enhance the airflow at high speeds to improve the miles per gallon.
On the sides of the grilles sit the standard BMW LED headlights, which are thinner than those on any previous BMW models – something perhaps we’ll see more of in the future. Make your way down to the side of the 8 series and you’ll see it has gills for increased air intake performance. The underside of the car is completely flat which improves aerodynamics while the hunches above the wheel arches give the car a beefier look.
BMW 8 Series Coupe: Engines and Performance
From the initial concept, BMW have set about making sure the 8 series is considered a sports car rather than just a sporty car. The 8 series will be available with two powerful engines from launch, one being a diesel 840d and the other a petrol M850i.
The diesel unit is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that produces 320bhp and 680Nm of torque; and the petrol is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 which develops 530bhp and 700Nm of torque. BMW suggest that the petrol engine will get you from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and is limited to 155mph. The BMW xDrive four-wheel drive system comes as standard on both engine types alongside an eight-speed automatic gearbox to transfer the power to the wheels.
BMW 8 Series Coupe: Interior and Technology
The cabin of the BMW 8 series is nothing short of exceptional, exactly what you’d expect from their top of the range model. The quality of the interior materials on the 8 series is a cut above the rest, as soft merino leather covers the tight-hugging seats, door insides, and dashboard console.
Alongside the high-quality interior is an equally high-quality iDrive infotainment system, which will be the first time the new system has featured for the brand. It’s accessible by using a 10.25-inch touch screen on the dashboard or can be operated via the infamous iDrive controller located on the centre console. A wealth of other equipment is also included, as you’d expect on BMW’s top model, such as a Bowers & Wilkins stereo, adaptive cruise control, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
If you’d like to find out more about the BMW 8 series, you can speak to one of our Bavarian BMW advisors using our online contact form here.