Report: A 2020 BMW M8 Competition is Definitely in the Works
At a specially organized event for BMW customers in Paris, the Munich-based company revealed its plans. We will have the BMW M8 Competition. The event hosted a presentation of the designs for its new models and gave a sneak peek at the most amazing things VIP BMW customers will be able to buy soon.
Of course, phones, cameras (and I believe proficient painters) weren’t allowed. Regardless of this, BMW Blog revealed a few tidbits about the news revealed there, and the M8 Competition is one big piece of that news.
BMW fans (which I am one of) can rejoice. We are in for a couple of incredible years as BMW reinvented the 8 Series and is about to churn out numerous versions. The M8 Competition will be among them. That is like the M8, only on cocaine. So, cruel, smart, and deadly.
Here’s The 2020 BMW 8 Series Cabrio in Prototype Form
BMW is on a roll these days. Having launched the Z4 M40i just last week, the German automaker is now testing the convertible prototype of the new 8 Series under different conditions. The 8 Series is undoubtedly the most luxurious offering from the BMW lineup, so it was only logical for the company to explore the same formula in a different avatar. In 2019, along with the Convertible, BMW plans to launch a Gran Coupe version of the 8 Series as well.
BMW Mulling Over a 9 Series Maybach Fighter
Just when it seemed like BMW had finally stretched itself into the luxury segment with the 8 Series, a new report suggests that the German automaker wants to go deeper into the luxury realm with — wait for it — a 9 Series model. Granted, nothing is set in stone at the moment, but Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW’s design director, hinted to Autocar that the 8 Series isn’t the end of the German automaker’s voyage into the world of luxury models.
Watch the BMW M8 Tear Ass Around the Nurburgring
Like a shot of the good juice on a clear morning, the BMW M8 was spotted at the Nurburgring doing some good ‘ol fashion testing. The long-bodied beauty was dressed in heavy camouflage, but the coupe’s unmistakable look can still be gleaned underneath all that wrapping.
2019 BMW 8 Series
Built between 1989 and 1999, the BMW 8 Series is now regarded as one of the most daring and intriguing Bimmers ever made. It’s also among the most desirable BMWs built in the 1990s. Requested again and again by fans ever since it was discontinued, the 8 Series finally made a comeback. Previewed by a concept car at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the modern 8 Series made its debut at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.
A new 8 Series has been rumored for quite a few years, but for some weird reason BMW refused to bring it back until now. And I say "weird" because the German brand is in dire need of a luxury coupe above the 6 Series. With Mercedes-Benz already selling a two-door S-Class and Audi working on the A9, the 8 Series was pretty much mandatory in order for BMW to keep up with the competition. And needless to say, the S-Class was already far ahead of the 7 Series long before it gained coupe and convertible variants. Will the upcoming 8 Series have what it takes? Find out in my speculative review below.
Updated 07/09/2018: BMW announced prices for the 2019 M850i xDrive Coupe that will arrive in U.S. showrooms on December 8. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 BMW 8 Series
Every time an automaker like BMW launches a new-generation model, gearheads go wild, and outlets compare it to alternatives from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. But while models like the X5 and the 3 Series get massive attention with each redesign, no Bimmer gets more time under the spotlight than the 8 Series. Revived after a 20-year hiatus, the grand tourer is the car of the moment and arguably one of the most important releases of the year.
The new 8 Series is spectacular in many ways, but much like most automobiles out there, it’s not perfect. We’re here to give it our usual "love it or leave it" treatment, in which we discuss what we like and what we hate about it. Find out what our staff had to say about BMW’s new luxury coupe and let us know what you think about it in the comments sections below.
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2019 BMW 8 Series Configurator - How We’d Spec It
The highly anticipated debut of the 2019 BMW 8 Series finally happened this week, and as has been the case recently, the luxury sedan’s online configurator quickly followed. Online configurators have been fun exercises for us. We get to create our own version of the new model and spec it right down to the most specific of details. Far too often, our creations end up differing from another, but that’s precisely the purpose of these configurators. You create what you want regardless of the opinions of other people. In the end, you live by your creation, and you show it off to the rest of the world. And so it is, our spec of the 2019 BMW 8 Series.
Days After BMW Unveiled the New 8 Series, Patent Drawings of The Convertible and Gran Coupe Versions Have Already Surfaced
The new BMW 8 Series is still fresh in our minds, and now there are reports of design registrations surfacing of the convertible and Gran Coupe versions of Bimmer’s new flagship model. The design registrations reportedly came from the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property, and if you didn’t believe them, it appears that the German automaker is serious about branching the 8 Series beyond the coupé and convertible models that we already know about.
Five Interesting Facts About the 2019 BMW 8 Series
The new BMW 8 Series is out in the open, and the nameplate’s revival comes with quite a few impressive features. Not only is it sporting a unique design that’s sportier than the competition, but the 8 Series is also equipped with state-of-the-art tech and a number of cool features. We’ve already covered some of them in our "6 Astonishing Tech Gizmos and Cool Features of the New BMW 8 Series," and now its time to have a look at some of the coupe’s most interesting facts. Check them out below.
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Comparison: BMW 8 Series Vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
After many years of persistent requests from gearheads and several rumors, the BMW 8 Series finally returned to the market after almost 20 years. The grand tourer’s revival not only marks the return of an iconic Bimmer, but it also gives the Munich-based company a proper competitor against the highly-acclaimed Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT. BMW also returns to the luxury coupe segment before Audi will bring the A9 into dealerships.
Previewed by a concept car unveiled in 2017, the new BMW 8 Series is more than just a two-door version of the 7 Series. On top of having a unique design, it also debuts new technologies for the brand and adds a bit of sportiness to an otherwise sober segment. But, how does it compare to the popular Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe? Let’s find out in the comparison below.
Evolution of an Icon - 1999 BMW 8 Series vs 2019 BMW 8 Series
The arrival of the 2019 BMW 8 Series was a long time in the making. It’s been almost 20 years since an 8 Series hit the streets, and the arrival of the new model has brought our memories of the original version back on the surface. In times like this, we can’t help but wonder how the 8 Series measures up to the original. Does it look better? Does it have better materials? Which came with better technologies? We pieced through all that to find a clearer picture of how the new 8 Series compares to its iconic OG.
The BMW 8 Series is Out, but What do we Know About the BMW M8?
Harvey Samuel Firestone is not a guy you would usually tie with BMW, let alone the newest BMW M850i. He founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company back in 1900 and paved the way for a well-known marketing idea called - “Win On Sunday, Sell On Monday!”
Muscle car producers (and not only them) used this strategy to their advantage back in the day of really cheap gas. Good old times. It seems that BMW is attempting to implement the same strategy this year with their 8 Series.
BMW unveiled the new 8 Series at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and placed it directly next to their fantastic M8 GTE racer. The model in question was the top spec M850i xDrive Coupe M Performance in orange. BMW Motorsport CEO Franciscus Van Meel and BMW designer Adrian Van Hooydonk talked endlessly to the press there explaining all the bits and pieces.
And it happened! Van Meel said:
“This car (pointing at the M8 GTE) is going to race today, and that car (pointing at the M850i) you can buy later on this year.”
So, yes, BMW M boss is actually telling you to buy the M850i which is such a sports performance machine it felt only natural to reveal it next to its sister, the race-bred M8 GTE. Some questions lingered after seeing the footage. What, for the love of all that is sacred, will the M8 bring? What will it turn into?
Maybe a monster. Maybe an undisputed BMW that the fantastic original 850CSi from the Nineties simply couldn’t have been.
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