All-new BMW 8 Series prototype tears up test track

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BMW warms up the 8 Series in battery of tests in Aprilia, Italy

It was way back in April 2017 when BMW gave us a preview of the all-new 8 Series via a design concept. Now, BMW has released new photos of the upcoming 8 Series albeit wearing camouflage.

Based on the photos, the production 8 Series somewhat remains faithful to the the original concept. However, we do notice that BMW appeared to have toned down its looks and made it look more contemporary instead of being too aggressive.

Like most two-seater coupes, the 8 Series sports a long hood, short deck design that highlights the car's stretched lines and smooth curves. Ever present at the front is the signature kidney grill along with the eye-catching headlights. Shod in the wells are large twin-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires. Behind those massive alloy wheels are blue brake calipers which indicate that this prototype comes with M Sport brakes.

Broad shoulder lines and a curvaceous rear bumper give the 8 Series a low and wide stance. Also curious to see is what appears to be an integrated spoiler on the trunk lid which may help keep the car grounded. Topping it all off are the massive exhaust pipe finishers at the back which give the car its noticeable growl.

Speaking of growl, it looks like the 8 Series may come with a TwinPower Turbo V8 as heard in the teaser video. While exact powertrain details have yet to be released, it's not hard not to notice the growling V8 on the 8 Series as it tears up the track. As to what engine it may be, it's highly likely the 4.4-liter V8 that is also seeing use in the all-new M5.

Other versions of the 8 Series, on the other hand, could come with a TwinPower Turbo inline-six.

Apparently, the car you are seeing here is a 'close-to-series' prototype that is currently undergoing intensive tests at an undisclosed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. According to BMW, the series of tests serve to optimize the vehicle's driving dynamics before its eventual launch.

“The test drives under the most severe conditions show that we are right on target with our concept for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The vehicle dynamics values already achieved are absolutely impressive. Our customers and fans can look forward to a genuine sports car,” said Klaus Frohlich, member of the board at BMW AG, Development and Research.

Expect the BMW 8 Series to make its official debut soon.

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