It seems like we are reporting about BMW cars every week. And this week, we are going to talk about the BMW 8 Series, because first, we have been waiting for its arrival, and second, it comes with a handful of technology, as well as two engine options. Therefore, there is no excuse that we don’t talk about this.
Overall, the production 8 Series looks like a toned down version of last year’s concept. The production model now has a long, low nose with a narrow take on BMW’s kidney grille. The hood then continues to a double bubble roof that flows back to a gently sloping tail. Large trapezoidal tail pipes dominate the view from the rear end.
LED headlights come as a standard feature, but these can be upgraded to laser lights. To cut down on weight, buyers can then spec a carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and there’s an available Carbon Package that uses CFRP for parts like the mirror caps, intakes, rear spoiler and diffuser.
Occupants of the 8 Series then will find a 10.3 inch digital instrument panel, as well as a 12.3 inch infotainment screen that is placed right beside it, on top of the center stack. Customers will be able to upgrade the cabin with wireless device charging, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, glass switches and stainless steel trim.
For those of you who like having a lot of power. You can choose the M850i xDrive. This means a biturbo 4.4 liter V8 and eight speed automatic gearbox, with the engine producing as much as 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 553 pound feet (750 Newton metres) of torque. According to the automaker, in only 3.7 seconds, the powertrain can get the coupe to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from standstill. The company then limits it to a top speed of only 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).
As mentioned earlier, there are two engine options: the second being the 840d xDrive with a diesel fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six and eight speed automatic transmission, available in Europe. The engine can carry out 315 horsepower (235 kilowatts) and 502 pound feet (680 Newton metres) of torque. BMW reports that the turbodiesel helps the 8 Series do the acceleration test in only 4.9 seconds, with the same 155 miles per hour top speed.
In the United States, there is a new luxury coupe that will arrive this fall, and Europeans can get it this November. More variants will come soon too. Spy shots reveal that an M8 is already under development, and there are several photos of an 8 Series that have been going around too, so that could be something.