First Look at All-New BMW 8-Series

Joanna Estrada
June 17, 2018

BMW started showing photos of the all-new 8 Series in concept forms as far back as May of previous year.

BMW has finally unveiled the 2019 BMW 8 Series coupe, which is going to go on sale in November. The grille itself uses active aero aids and an "almost fully-sealed underbody" helps keep the 8-series slippery at speed.

"When we announced the 8 Series, everyone thought it would be a "son of" the 7 Series, like the 4 Series is based on the 3 Series, but that wasn't the way BMW had the idea of doing a sports auto".

The kidney grilles have taken a new format, with a connection in-between.

What You Need to Know: BMW only uses the "8" number when referring to its highest-caliber performance models (like the I8 and Z8), so the 8-Series Coupe is sure to offer top performance in its class. On the center console itself a driver will find the familiar BMW iDrive controller, the Start button and what the automaker calls the Driver Experience Control switch.

The racing 8 Series will, however, have a pair of large air intakes on the front bumper in the same shape as BMW's iconic kidney grille, while the headlights will be slightly bigger than the ones that appeared on last year's concept auto.

The M850i xDrive uses a bi-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol that pushes out 530 hp from 5,500 - 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm from 1,800 - 4,600 rpm.

There's a range of standard features, but also plenty of upgrades available, including a new "climate seat" design to further improve cooling on especially hot days.

It will be sold first under a variant dubbed the BMW M850i xDrive. Or, step up to the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond system with 16 illuminated speakers and 1,375 watts.

Both models use an 8-speed torque converter Steptronic automatic transmission. Shift paddles allow for manual control and there's Launch Control for maximizing take-off performance. The former boasts a 0-100 kph time of 3.7 seconds while the diesel manages to do the same sprint in 4.9 seconds.

The M850i's interior is optimized for space and comfort.

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 vehicle and plethora of prototypes hidden behind camouflage. "In addition to Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, this complete package also includes the Steering and Lane Control assistant".

Pricing information will be released closer to the model's on-sale date this fall. BMW also adds the Digital Key, allowing the 8-Series to be operated entirely without a conventional auto key using a smartphone with integrated NFC, or Near Field Communications technology.

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