After countless spy photos and teasers, BMW has officially revived the 8 Series name for 2018. First revealed in concept form back in May 2017, the next-generation 8 Series features a long hood, short deck design that harkens back to coupes and GT cars of old. It's available with either gasoline or diesel power and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Donning a sleek and aggressive design as its predecessor, the all-new 8 Series builds upon the success of the classic car while also embracing the future. The front fascia is dominated by a single-piece kidney grill that shows the brand's new design direction. Slim LED headlights are also present on the new 8 Series which can be upgraded to laser lights for improved outside visibility. Finally, there's the sporty front bumper which comes with huge air intakes for better cooling, along with a built-in spoiler for better aerodynamics.
A musculer shoulderline highlights the 8 Series' rear quarters while a pair of sleek LED taillights give the coupe a distinct look. Large exhaust pipes, along with trunk-mounted spoiler further accentuate the 8 Series sportiness. Also worth noting on the all-new 8 Series is the use of a 'double bubble-roof' design which is a nod to classic racing cars of yesteryear.
Aside from having a stylish exterior, BMW also made the 8 Series lightweight and rigid. Both the chassis and body are made up of a mix of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP). With it, BMW claimed that the 8 Series offers a low center of gravity, a well-balanced weight distribution,
Inside, it's signature BMW with the driver-oriented cabin. Complementing it are the acres of leather, soft-touch materials and stainless steel that cover the cabin of the 8 Series. For the technophiles, the all-new coupe comes with a digital instrument panel called 'BMW Live Cockpit', as well as an updated version of BMW's Operating System. Another neat feature in the 8 Series is the Driving Experience Control which adjusts the car's settings depending on one's preference. This allows the driver to set the car's suspension and powertrain systems on the fly. It has five modes in total: Adaptive, Comfort, Eco Pro, Sport and Sport+.
Other amenities available in the 2018 8 Series include adjustable power seats, wireless smartphone charging, BMW Display Key, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, navigation and glass furnishings on certain touch / control points. In terms of safety, the 8 Series can come with the following: active cruise control with stop & go function, lane control assistant, lane change warning with lane departure warning, cross traffic warning, automatic park assistant (which does the parking for you) and BMW ConnectedDrive as such.
Two engine choices are available for the all-new 8 Series. First up is the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel inline-six in the 840d xDrive. It puts out 320 PS at 4400 rpm along with 680 Nm of torque from 1750 – 2250 rpm. It is then mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h 4.9 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Next is the gasoline-powered 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 found in the 850i xDrive. It cranks out 530 PS at 5500 – 6000 rpm and a stump-pulling 750 Nm of torque at 1800 – 4600 rpm. Like the diesel-powered 840d, the 850i is also connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 0 – 100 km/h is swiftly achieved in 3.7 seconds while top speed is limited to 250 km/h.
BMW is also offering a M Sport package for the new 8 Series. With it, the coupe gets a host of upgrades like 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels, eye-catching air intakes, M leather steering wheel, illuminated door sills and a M Sport braking system.
Need something with a little bit more finesse? The 8 Series will also come in M Performance spec. It gets bigger 20-inch M lightweight alloys, high-performance tires, exterior trim pieces painted in Cerium Gray, stainless steel mesh interior trim strips, as well as illuminated door sills. Finally, it also packs the M Sport Braking system from the M Sport package.
In the future, BMW will release a more souped-up version of the 8 Series via the M8, as well as a more practical version in the 8 Series Gran Coupe. A soft-top version will also likely be made in the near future for those that want a drop-top GT. As for motorsports, the company already revealed the M8 GTE last year and it has successfully competed at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.