BMW recently took the wraps off their new 8 Series on the eve of the Le Mans 24 hours. And boy, were we surprised. The car looks exactly akin to the concept model showcased earlier. Globally, its launch is slated for later this year in November, but we can expect BMW to bring it to India most likely by early next year. Until then, here is a detailed picture gallery to drool at.
This 8 Series Coupe is back after a 20-year hiatus. The 2019 iteration comes as a low and wide stance model with probably the biggest of all signature twin-kidney grilles seen till date.
BMW fans will find this design to be similar to the BMW Concept 8 Series revealed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and also its U.S. premiere at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new coupe was developed in parallel to the BMW M8 GTE from the FIA World Endurance Championship. It will join the Z4 and the i8 expanding the carmaker's ultra-luxurious portfolio.
In terms of proportions the car is 4,843mm long, 1,902mm wide and just 1,341mm tall, staying real low to the ground. It has a wheelbase of 2,822mm.
At the back, the elongated side window graphic is a very tightly-angled version of the famous Hofmeister kink 'counter-swing' seen on all modern BMWs.
Although the cabin features a competitive array of semi-autonomous driving aids, BMW's endeavour to make this luxury car a driver-focused vehicle is evident.
Unlike all new SUVs and crossovers with an elevated seating position, the 8 Series lays emphasis on a low centre of gravity feeling with comfortable and supportive leather seats.
Apart from the standard 10.25-inch Control display, even the instrument cluster gets a 12.3-inch high resolution screen previewing BMW's latest-generation display and control concept.
We are expecting the first model to reach US to be the M850i xDrive powered by the latest version of BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8.
This mill is rated at 523bhp of power and 750Nm of torque, making the coupe sprint from 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds.
It comes mated to a Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission with an extra-wide ratio spread. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be offered with prominence to rear-wheel drive.
The new BMW 8 Series looks very promising especially for those who have waited for 20 years. Whether it’s a worthy successor to the original or not, time will decide. For now, it sure is a treat for the eyes.