The all-new BMW 8-Series marks a new chapter in BMWs long history. The concept was to build a sensational sports car that didn’t compromise on luxury. Over the last 12 months we have been drip fed information, be that through multiple concept cars, pre-production prototypes and even a GTE Pro WEC racing car, leaving us to speculate on
Finally, we are now rounding the last bend and are excited to receive our demo cars ready for the launch later this month. Prices start at just over £76,000 with the top spec M850i (pictured here) costing in the region of £100,000.00. So what can you expect for that money?
Well the new BMW 8-Series Coupe will be offered in both 840d and M850i trims at launch. The 840d engine is a straight-six 3-litre diesel unit producing 315bhp and 501lb ft of torque. You can expect to hit 60 from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds. The M850i is powered by a 522bhp V8 twin-turbo engine. 0-62 can be achieved in just 3.7 seconds. As standard both the 840d and M850i will come fitted with an eight-speed ZF auto box and have xDrive all-wheel drive. The system will run most of the time in rear-wheel drive only sending any drive to the front wheels when the car senses slip.
To be sure that the BMW 8-Series Coupe lives up to the title of the Ultimate Driving Machine, BMW engineers worked hard using a combination of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre build materials to keep the weigh at under tow-tons. To further aid handling, there is a suite of new active chassis tech included. Standard fitment of rear-wheel steering or active integral steering as BMW calls it helps keep the big coupe in check. There is also the optional extra of Active Roll Stabilisation that counteracts body roll movement whiles cornering hard as well.
Alongside the Coupe, BMW plan to offer the new 8-Series as a Convertible. Currently planned to hit the showrooms in March 2019, the Convertible aims to combine the dynamic capabilities of the Coupe but in a more glamorous open-top package. Powered by the same 840d and M850i engines, performance is going to be very similar. The convertible will carry slightly more weight though due to extra chassis supports and heavy roof mechanism.
Also due in 2019, will be the all-new BMW M8. Building on the launch edition M850i, the M8 will be a fully-fledged M Performance 8-Series. The engine will be the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and will put out 590bhp. This is the same engine found in the popular M5.
As well as a more powerful engine, the M8 will receive the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that includes a selectable rear-wheel-drive mode that provides a more traditional BMW M-Car experience by disconnects the front two driveshafts from the action.
In typical M Performance style, there will be a number of chassis changes made to the M8. We can expect the car to sit lower with a wider foot-print to give a lower centre of gravity. There will be more chassis bracing to give the car a more rigid body and a bespoke suspension set-up should see the M8 handling sharpened up even further.
If you are interested in seeing the new BMW 8-Series when it arrives, enquire with one of our team to come and view in one of our BMW Retail Centers across the North West.