New BMW 8 Series has Finally Landed!
After an almost 20-year hiatus, the BMW 8 Series has returned as a new coupe to compete against rivals like the Bentley Continental GT Coupe, Aston Martin DB11, Mercedes-AMG s63 Coupe and Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe.
Our Account Manager, Rob Semple, takes you on an in-depth tour of the iconic 8 Series …
Styling features of the BMW 8 Series
On the outside of the 8 series, it has these elegant sculpted lines going down the bonnet which blend into the single kidney grille. The sleek headlights that have BMW’s latest design of LED light signatures are the slimmest headlights of BMW’s to date. Needless to say, it looks absolutely brilliant.
The new 8 series comes as standard as a M Sport model. These include the exclusive 20” alloy wheels, kidney grille, M side gills and wing mirrors, which all come painted in Cerium Grey, as well as new high performance tyres.
Additionally, it’s quite a long and wide car. Its wheelbase is 123mm shorter than the S-Class Coupe’s, but 17mm longer than an Aston Martin DB11. Overall, it’s a simple and appealing design that doesn’t try too hard to standout. The same goes for the cabin too. The full LED rear tail lights go nicely into the wing of the car (pictured below). The quad exhaust pipes on the 8 Series look amazing, and are covered round the outside by carbon.
Below are all the exterior colours of the latest 8 series;
What about on the inside?
If you thought the outside looks impressive, wait 'till you see the inside. Build quality is impeccable, the leather stitching on the dashboard is perfect, and the new multifunctional Merino leather seats take comfort to another level. The boot has a capacity of 420 litres which is a relatively decent size. However, this comes at the expense of rear-seat space. That said, you can still get more than a weekends worth of luggage in there, so don't be discouraged.
Other interior features include: ambient interior lighting, harman/kardon loudspeaker system, frameless rear-view mirror and the CraftedClarity Glass Application, which can be found on the gear lever and other driver controls.
BMW 8 Series technology
Your BMW 8 Series will come packed with a bunch of new tech to help keep you connected to your car, even when you aren't in it:
• BMW Digital key: The digital key allows you to safely lock and unlock your doors by using the device that’s with you all the time: Your smartphone. It also enables you to start the engine of your car when placing the phone on a charging pad.
• BMW Live Cockpit Professional: BMW Live Cockpit Professional is more than just an instrument panel and infotainment system. It is a collection of advanced tech and services created to increase safety, improve convenience, and provide seamless control of all the features the BMW has to offer.
• Next-generation digital instrument cluster: The 8 series gets a high-resolution display with a diagonal screen of 12.3-inches behind the steering wheel. This is accompanied by a 10.25-inch Control Display in the centre, which you’re able to control in four different ways i.e. voice control, BMW gesture control, touch screen, or the controls on the steering wheel.
Other features include:
Adaptive navigation system, a 20gb hard-drive-based multimedia system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and WiFi tech.
The new BMW 8 Series is available in 840d X Drive (the model we tested) and M850i XDrive engine variants, each providing different standard features.
Some of these standard features can be seen in the table below;
|840d xDrive||M850i xDrive (equipment in addition / replacement to 840d xDrive)|
|BMW diesel with BluePerformance||20” M light alloy Y-spoke style 728 M wheels in Biccolour Cerium Grey with mixed performance tyres|
|BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel engine||BMW TwinPower Turbo eight-cylinder petrol engine|
|Adaptive sport suspension||Air breather|
|20” M light alloy Y-spoke style 728 M wheels in Biccolour Cerium Grey with mixed performance tyres||Kidney frame and kidney struts|
|Centre lock switch||Mirror caps|
|BMW icon Adaptive LED headlights||Model designation on side and rear|
|Rear view camera||M Sport differential|
|Parking Assistant||M Technology package|
|Tyre pressure monitoring||Petrol Particulate Filter|
|Black merino leather upholstery and extended contents||Sport exhaust system|
|Child seat ISOFIX attachment, rear outer seats||Tyre repair kit (replacement for run-flat tyres)|
What engines are available in the BMW 8 Series?
Buyers have a selection of two engines: a petrol or a diesel. The petrol is the BMW M850i, a twin 4.4-litre V8 and the diesel option is the BMW 840d, a 3-0-litre straight six turbodiesels. By comparison, the M850i model will offer the most performance. Its twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol produces 530hp, and goes to 0-62mph in under four second. As for torque, it delivers 750nm from just 1,800rpm. The 8 series promises fuel consumption of 28.3mpg.
If you want an 8 series with a better fuel economy, then the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel will return close to 50mpg, but still should be capable of getting the car from 0-62 in under five seconds. Ultimately it comes down to preference, but both options offer decent performance. A bit later this year there will be an M8 coming out which will turn 625bhp, that will make it the most powerful production performance car that BMW have EVER manufactured.
Right now however that title is held by the M5, which is a 617 bhp car.
The BMW 8 Series is an excellent all-rounder – it’s on-road ability, impressive infotainment system and high-quality interior, are all highly attractive qualities. It is stunning! BMW has really set the standard for all manufacturers to aspire to.
What do you think of the BMW 8 Series?
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