It seems to us that we are getting ever closer to the day that BMW pulls off the cover of the new 8 Series. We have seen enough spy shots and leaked photos of the model, and the only thing that has not been done really is for them to reveal the German automaker’s big coupe.
BMW has recently shared another teaser video of the said model in action on Twitter, as well as some images on Facebook albeit still in camouflage. So far, the automaker would only say that it remains on track for the 2018 release.
The photo that has been posted on Facebook has a caption, indicating that this model offers us a glimpse into the future. Though it is just a silhouette, it gives us an impression of the car’s shapely rear, sculpted roof, and illuminated headlights - that match what we saw earlier in a leaked photograph. The video, on the other hand, lets us hear the 8 Series’ roar, sounding like it has been equipped with a V8 engine.
With all those teasers being released one after the other, we may actually see the Series 8 sooner than many had thought. Not in months or in a few weeks, but maybe even this week. It was announced last December that a competition version of the high performance M8 will race at the Rolex 24 in Daytona. A road-going M8, on the other hand, will make its appearance sometime this year as well. It’s also expected that the performance model would be released just several months after the standard model, which would likely be an 850i.
Despite the camouflage suit and whatever add-ons the M8 GTE is wearing over its body, we think that we will see the real thing very soon, considering the fact that BMW has been very active on social media anticipating its release.
According to the German automaker, the new 8 Series is currently being test-driven at the 2.5-mile high speed oval proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. This is also where it will be tuned to achieve a balance of agility and comfort at high speeds - the hallmarks of a true grand tourer.
So far, we had not been informed of what’s underneath the hood of the 8 Series. But it seems like it will be getting the same 4.4 liter biturbo engine just like that in the M5. And if the automaker sticks to what the 7 Series has, we can probably expect an 850i with a V8, followed by an 860i with a V12 under its hood.