BMW 8 Series Coupe given racy debut

Ruben Fields
June 17, 2018

Other than a leaked image that revealed interior details including vibrant red leather upholstery, little has been revealed of the 8 Series cabin, which is expected to feature a large all-digital instrument cluster, a new dashboard layout, two pedals and a heavy dose of luxury equipment.

Some critics have said that the all-new 8 Series is actually a replacement for the F13 generation 6 Series Coupe, which is not entirely wrong given that the 6 Series Coupe was discontinued shortly before the all-new 8 Series was announced.

"The car's low-slung design, an elongated silhouette with slim window pillars", a long, pulled-back roofline with a wide wheelbase and wide track are meant to appeal to the eye. The BMW kidney grille is hexagonal. The grille itself uses active aero aids and an "almost fully-sealed underbody" helps keep the 8-series slippery at speed.

Optional items include Laserlight headlamps, carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, as well as CFRP wing mirrors, rear spoiler and rear diffuser, and active roll stabilization. Once you place your smartphone on the wireless charging tray, the vehicle can be started with the push of a button on the center console. There's a leather M-style steering wheel with multi-function controls and paddle shifters, as well. Folding the rear seats down opens up the 420L boot for more space.

Capacity: 4,395 cc, output: 390 kW/530 hp at 5,500 - 6,000 rpm, max. torque: 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) at 1,800 - 4,600 rpm. Or, step up to the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond system with 16 illuminated speakers and 1,375 watts.

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At launch, the model will be available in the M850i xDrive variant. Those figures, in tandem with an improved version of BMW's eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, make for a 0 to 62 time of just 3.7 seconds - compared to 4.9 for the 840d - and a limited 155mph top speed. Under normal conditions, power is heavily biased rearward.

That's powerful enough to move the 15.9-foot-long, 4,478-pound coupe from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds.

This may only be an out-of-focus glimpse with the race version of the 8 Series taking the limelight, but this is the best view yet following a concept auto and plethora of prototypes hidden behind camouflage.

Head-up display is standard, which displays speed, plus speed limits, route guidance and turn instructions, as well as status indicators and any warnings from driver-assistance systems. BMW also adds the Digital Key, allowing the 8-Series to be operated entirely without a conventional vehicle key using a smartphone with integrated NFC, or Near Field Communications technology.

Pricing information will be released closer to the model's on-sale date this fall.

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